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James H. Lee, 78

James Howard Lee, 78, of Angier died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at his home.

A native of Vermilion County, Ill., he was born March 14, 1939, son of the late Gordon Howard Lee and Opal Rose Cockrell Lee. Mr. Lee accomplished a lot in his life. Doing things like working as a chef in Alaska for 21 years, he and his wife, Betty, also owned Camelot Ceramic Center in Danville, Ill. They have lived in North Carolina for almost 22 years. He enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors. Things like planting in his garden and watching things grow.

He was preceded in death by his stepson, Richard Hobaugh; sisters, Alice Richardson, Judy Davis and Shirley Newberry; and brothers, Donald and Bob Lee.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Angier. The burial will take place at a later time at Sandy Grove Cemetery, Angier.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Betty Lou Lee; his son, Christopher David Lee and wife Heather of Wilmington; stepchildren, Eric Christopher Hobaugh of Jefferson, Ind., James Jewel Hobaugh and wife Susan of Angier, Debbie Joanne Hall and husband John of Peoria, Ill.; sister, Susie Merrett; grandchildren, Crystal Jewel Hobaugh and fiancé Rassie Gregory, Kat, Brian, Ciera Benjamin and Sammie; and great-grandchildren, Liam and Layton.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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