CAMILLA -- Clifford Elton Lee, 83, of Camilla, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 4 at Camilla United Methodist Church with interment in Pinecrest Memory Gardens. Rev. Doug Walker, Rev. Frank Harris, and Rev. Ken Myers will officiate.
Born March 23, 1929 in Sylvania, GA, Mr. Lee was the son of the late Dixie and Cassie Louise Scott Lee. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Deweese Sowell Lee, a brother, William Henry Lee, and a sister, Wilma Lee Thomson. Mr. Lee received a BSA degree from the University of Georgia in 1958, with a major in Animal Science, and a MS degree from Auburn University in 1968 in Science and Agriculture with a major in Plant Science and minor in Animal Science. Mr. Lee was employed by the University of Georgia, and worked with the Experiment Station in Athens.
He also worked with the Extension Service, serving in Dooly County for 2 -1/2 years, Miller County for 3 years, and retired in Mitchell County as the County Extension Director, after serving 24 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War. Mr. Lee was a member of Camilla United Methodist Church, having served on the Administrative Board, Nominating Committee, Chairman of the Ushers for several years, Chairman of Board of Trustees and Building Committee, and also helped build the new church after the preceding church was destroyed by fire. He helped to start Westwood Schools and served as Chairman of the Board for a number of years. His entire career was working with farmers to give the latest research information that would help to produce higher yield crops and higher income. He promoted irrigation for top yield in crops, including high yielding peanuts, having the 10 year highest yield in the state of Georgia, and 200 bushel corn yield by several farmers, which helped provide farmers with better lifestyle and a better standard of living.
Mr. Lee received numerous awards throughout his career, including Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Extension Service, Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding and Dedicated Service by Camilla Chamber of Commerce, Appreciation for Meritorious Service to the Mitchell County 4-H Club, Appreciation for Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture by the Mitchell County Farm Bureau, Service Above Self from Camilla Rotary Club, Distinguished Service Award in Education from University of Georgia Animal and Dairy Science Dept., Resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives, and Resolution from the Georgia State Senate.
Survivors include his wife, Scarlett Taylor Lee of Camilla; two daughters, Mary L. Mills & husband, Reid, of Albany and Martha L. Reems & husband, Dallas, of Bishop; one son, Jimmy Elton Lee & wife, Anna, of Camilla; two step-daughters, Angela B. Jones & husband, Dayton, of Havana, FL and Allison B. Lewis & husband, Lance, of Cairo; one brother, Charles Lee & wife, Linda, of Sylvania; six sisters-in-law, Wilmer Sowell Anderson of Sylvania, Annie Laurie Haynes & husband, Bob, of Chattanooga, TN, Helen Sowell of Sylvania, Joan Sowell of Sylvania, Miriam Lee of Savannah, and Billie T. Newton of Millen; two brothers-in-law, Tommy Sowell & wife, Hilda Jane, of Sylvania and John Taylor & wife, Marlie, of Gainesville, FL; five grandchildren, Claire Mills, Richard Mills, Sarah Reems, Rebekah Reems, and Cochran Lee; one great grandchild, Morgan Reynolds; and nine step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m., Friday, August 3 at Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home in Camilla.
Memorials may be made to Camilla United Methodist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 192, Camilla, GA 31730.
Parker-Bramlett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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