Farewell to his friend James Franklin Lee

Published 10:29 am Saturday, April 23, 2011

To the Editor:

Recently I attended a friend of 32 years’ funeral.

We had been separated for different reasons for four to five years. He had some health concerns that finally took its toll, and the Lord called him home at an early age of 57.

I have some priceless memories of times with him. We shared many common interests, as did many other close friends. Music being one, as he had a clean, true tenor voice that was pleasing to hear and easy to harmonize with.

He revitalized my interest in fishing as we had many productive trips on the Nottoway and James rivers. They were the greatest fish stories ever told.

We shared a love of sports as Redskins and Wahoos fans. We came back from FedEx Field with tall but true tales I still share with friends and family.

He was a devoted family man and hard worker. He was a community servant as a Boykins Town Council member and served many years as a volunteer with the Boykins Volunteer Fire Department. He held many office positions, including treasurer for years.

We also shared in our beliefs of God and His word. He was not afraid to voice his beliefs.

He had a great sense of humor as he liked to make people laugh. He had a debonair way about him and was a handsome man.

Many remember his athletics in his younger years. He could do just about anything with a piece of wood and loved to tinker with all facets about the yard and house. He rarely called a repairman.

He was taken early and will be missed. I have missed him for sometime now. Farewell, rest in peace my old friend James Franklin Lee.

Thomas Holliday Sr.