John Luther Lee III
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John Luther Lee III, 48, of Ooltewah, passed peacefully at a local hospice facility, Sunday morning, Oct. 20, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born May 17, 1965, in Memphis. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by members of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Whittenburg Lee and John Luther Lee II.

He was survived by his wife, Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee; stepchildren: Kristin (Chris) Kelsay Belcher and Mak Kelsay; uncle, Donald and aunt, Joan Whittenburg, Ray and Ann Eslinger, and their children; Mark and Kay Whittenburg and their children; Joan (half sister) and Nick Waber, uncle, Wiley and aunt, Mary Gross; and many other extended loving family members.

A retired Hamilton County assistant district attorney, he loved his job and his friendship with his colleagues. He was a law enforcement advocate and loved the practice of law. He served as an instructor for the Chattanooga Police Academy for many years and for the Tennessee District Attorneys Conferences. He graduated from East Ridge High School in 1983. John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his law degree from The University of Tennessee School of Law.

He participated as a community volunteer serving as a board member of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga and The Alzheimer’s Association. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church since 1991.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts in John’s name be shared through The American Cancer Society and/or The Julie Jacks Memorial Scholarship Fund of Chattanooga.

A visitation with family and friends will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. at St Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The memorial service will be at 4 p.m. and a reception to celebrate John’s life will follow in the same location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 7th and Pine streets.

You are encouraged to share a memory of John and/or you personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at

Companion Funeral Home is honored to assist the Lee family with these arrangements.