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William R. Lee

God saw he had gotten tired,

and a cure was not to be;

So he put his arms around me,

And said, “come to me.”

WINDSOR, NC – On July 5, 2020, the Angel of the Lord came and took the hand of our beloved one and carried him for a long beautiful walk. Without hesitation, resistance, or struggle, he uttered not a word; he just took the extended hand and began the journey with finesse. He will be giving his testimony during his walk:

“I am William Robert Lee known to many as “Poncho.” I know you know all about me, but I would like to reminisce about my happy trail through life.

I was born in Woodland, NC on August 28, 1953, to the late Robert and Daisy Lee. I am the fifth child of nine children. I confessed Christ at an early age and joined Zion Grove Baptist Church. I graduated from Northampton County High School in 1971, and I worked at Ampac and the Glass Plant in my early years. Later on in life I was employed at the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald in Ahoskie, NC, for many years. While working there, I worked with the Woodland Police Dept. As time went on, I transferred to Tidewater News in Franklin, VA, and then back to the News-Herald until failing health prevailed.

On August 8, 1987, I married Cindy Gilliam, and we were married for 32 years. I was able to help many people from all walks of life, but I have never witnessed what I see at this time.

I am now joining my mother and father, Daisy and Robert Lee, my paternal grandparents, Wheeler and Dollie Lee, my maternal grandparents, Jesse and Daisy Outlaw, my brother, James “Pete” Lee, my two sisters, Brenda “BeBe” Lee and Janice “Jenny” Bell, and my mother in law, Maggie Gilliam.

Left to follow me on this journey are my wife, Cindy of the home; my daughters, Stephanie Lee Harris of Rich Square, Wilshunda Lee of Windsor, and Danyell Tyler (Keith) of Powellsville; sons William Lee II of Raleigh, and Wil’ Dre Lee and Montez Williams of the home; thirteen grandchildren, Tierra, DeTrea, DeAndre’, Diamond, Tyesha, Tyrek, Obadiah, Destiny, Zhyan, Jaylin, Jordyn, Mason, and De’ Sani; two great-grandchildren, Nyla (Pearl) and Naomi (Ruby); five sisters, Barbara Watford of Aulander, Mary Robinson (William) of Rich Square, Dorothy Johnson of Maryland, Cynthia Britton of Fayetteville, and Lisa Lee of Elizabeth City; one special aunt Mary Outlaw of the home; nine nieces three nephews; eight great-nieces; five great-nephews; five brothers in law; three sisters in law; and a host of godchildren, cousins, family, and friends.

Father, my stay on this earth has been beautiful. I know my family loves me and cares for me too, but you see God loves me also; God loves me best and has sent for me. So please do not cry for me; rather, reminisce the good memories with my time on earth. I am at peace, and my soul is at rest. There is no need for tears.

I was so blessed for my presence to be marked in your lives because of your love. Now, I will embark on a new journey with the lord. Until we meet again, family.”