Richard Craig “Pro” Lee, 55, of Cleveland, passed away surrounded by family and friends on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at a local health care facility.
He was the son of the late Richard Owen Lee and Winifred “Teddy” Lee. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Rhonda Lee.
He was an active member in the Athens community. He served on the boards of Helping Hands Ministry, Tri-County, and the Kiwanis Club, just to name a few. He also took great pride in his “Best of the Best” Edward Jones office and his award for Young Kiwanian of the Year. He loved the game of golf, and his long career at Springbrook Golf & Country Club, where he became known to all as “Pro.” He loved introducing young players to the game of golf, and never turned down the opportunity to help a junior golfer.
During his lifetime, he became a lifetime member of the PGA, and played in various pro tournaments including the 1993 Fedex St. Jude Classic held in Memphis, where he tied for 72nd place, winning $2,145. He played with Bobby Clampett and Mark McCumber during the final two days of the tournament. At that time, he was the only Tennessee Section Pro to play in all four rounds of a PGA event, an accomplishment that made his family and friends very proud. Craig had a great sense of humor, a warm smile and a selfless attitude that will live on in the memories of those who cherish him. He was a man who never encountered a stranger, and he truly was the best.
He leaves behind to cherish in his memory his loving wife of 34 years, Kay; his only child (and “Daddy’s girl”) Jordan; sisters: Laura Reinert, and husband, Victor, of Atlanta, and Maureen Flaherty, and husband, Scott, of Cleveland; nieces and nephews: Allison Reinert and Victor “Trey” Reinert, both of Atlanta, and Heather Flaherty of Cleveland; his loving dog, Gracie; and a plethora of additional family and friends.
There will be no public visitation. However, the family will welcome everyone to a graveside service held at Sunset Memorial Gardens at 1 p.m. on today, Sept. 21, 2017, with Kenny Gross officiating. Casket bearers will be Bob Rice, Rick Mays, Billy Morrow, Dave Walden, Jimmy Hill and Jeremy Driver.
Immediately after the graveside service, there will be a Celebration of Life memorial service at 3 p.m. from the Springbrook Golf and Country Club in Niota. All are welcome to attend.
Memorials may be made to Tri-County Board of Athens: Send all donations to P.O. Box 793, Athens TN 37371.
The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.
Share your condolences and your memories with Craig’s family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.
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