Graveside services are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at South Park Cemetery for Billy Dean Lee, 80, who passed away on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. Pastor Rick Hale of Grace Community Church will be officiating. Roswell Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military honors.
Billy was born June 26, 1933, in Taft, Texas, to Samuel Lee and Dora Newton. His parents preceded him in death along with his siblings: Henry Lee, Sam W. Jr. Lee, William “Pete” Lee, Katie Juanita “Sis” Lee Buster and James “Judd” Lee. Billy married Louise M. Aderholt on Feb. 4, 1954. She survives him of the family home in Roswell.
Billy is also survived by his daughters: Sheila E. Lee, Betty Jean Seeley and husband, David, and Rhonda Kay Keeme and husband, Charlie; twin brother, Bobby Gene Lee; grandchildren: Billy Karl Bailey and wife, Crystal, Amanda Louise Brown, Sean Lee Foster, Robert “Bobby” G. Seeley and his wife, Gayle and Matthew Everett Seeley; great-grandchildren: Rhett Wade, Aiden, Darius and Mason Danger and many nieces and nephews.
Billy fought for his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He retired from civil service as a port director. Billy loved camping and fishing with his family. He was an honest, good-hearted man that loved to joke around and laugh. Nothing mattered more to him than his family. His grandkids were his world. He had a wonderful, fulfilling 80 years of life and spent it with his one true love for 64 years. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him and knew him.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.