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Donald Raymond “Ray” Lee, 46, of Calhoun, died at Hamilton Medical Center on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, following several years of declining health. Ray was born in Atlanta on July 17, 1971. For most of his life, he was involved with his family’s ministry. Ray’s passion was music. He graduated from Swainsboro High School, where he won many musical awards, including best male vocalist. In 1990, Ray was named Best Male Soloist in an international competition. His talent led to a scholarship, and Ray attended Lee University. While in college, Ray travelled around the world as member of the highly-acclaimed gospel group, Danny Murray and New Harvest. While touring in Eastern Europe, Ray and the group were among the first to distribute Bibles to citizens of the former communist countries; seeing people stand in line for hours on end to receive a Bible was a life-changing experience for Ray. Not only was he a noted vocalist, Ray could play virtually any musical instrument he picked up. Locally, he served as the Minister of Music at College Street Church of God. His ability to tell a good story kept his friends and family laughing for many years. Serving others with the musical talent that God gave Ray was the cornerstone of his life.
Ray is survived by his parents, Pastor Donald and Margie Lee; his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Stephanie Lee; his treasured nieces and nephew, Deanna, Katie, and Timothy Lee; many other relatives and friends.
To honor his wishes, Ray’s body was cremated. Instead of a traditional funeral, Ray’s family plans to celebrate his life and legacy with a service of song and worship on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Calhoun Community Church. His father, Pastor Donald Lee, Pastor Jerry Rice, Pastor Duane Terry, and his brother, Richard Lee will speak; family and friends will sing. Following the celebration of Ray’s life, his family will greet friends at the church.
The family has requested flowers be omitted, and suggests memorial contributions be made at https://doclee256.wixsite.com/rayleememorial.
Friends may sign the online guest register at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.