Lillian Kathleen Walker Lee

Lillian Kathleen Walker Lee, 90, of Patterson, passed away Wednesday evening, July 14, 2021, at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, following an extended illness.

Born May 25, 1931 in Patterson, she was a daughter of the late Isaiah and Macie Highsmith Walker. She lived all of her life in Pierce County and was a 1949 graduate of Patterson High School. She worked many years at the Oxford Industries in Alma and at Julie Hat Company in Patterson, but was also a devoted housewife.

She was an active member of Patterson Baptist Church and attended the Hope Sunday School Class.

She will be remembered as a selfless, hardworking, “tell you like it is” type of person who took care of everyone around her. She also enjoyed gardening and cooking (fixing the best dumplings you could eat).

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ivey M. Lee and her siblings, J.D. Walker, A.J. Walker, Nola Walker Thompson and Mattie Walker Standfield.

Survivors include her two daughters, Melba Deen (husband Evan), Mershon and Debra Sue Smith (husband David), Patterson; five granddaughters, Anna Norris (husband Donnie) and Ivy Mock (husband Chris), both of Patterson, Ellen Thornton (husband Josh) and Susan Deen, both of Mershon and Lee Ann Harrison (husband Garrett), Hazlehurst; 11 great-grandchildren, Coleman Lee, Mary Grace Norris, Riggs Mock, Adeline Mock, Lilli Thornton, Lee Thornton, Evan Deen, Cal Harrison, Sadie Kate Harrison, Elsie Lee Harrison, and Lane Harrison and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 18, from the Patterson Baptist Church with the Rev. Rozzie James officiating.

Interment will follow in the Strickland Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chip Griner, Scott Sapp, Brett Sapp, Kevin Walker, Donnie Norris, Josh Thornton, Chris Mock and Garrett Harrison.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Patterson Baptist Church Hope Sunday School Class. They are asked to please be at the church by 2:45 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 149, Blackshear, GA 31516 or to Patterson Baptist Church, 5770 Main Street, Patterson, GA 31557.

Sympathy may be expressed online at

Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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