August 24, 2019

Mrs. Betty Lee

Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) Anne Haynes Lee departed this earth and entered eternity on March 20, 2019 at the age of 89, a day short of her 65th wedding anniversary.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday March 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM from Franklin First Baptist Church with Dr. Andrew Owensby officiating.

The family will accept guests at Franklin First Baptist Church Monday afternoon from 1:00 PM until the funeral hour.

Born in Tampa, Florida on November 15, 1929, she was the daughter of Rose Alveria Griffin and George Bruce Haynes.

As she was growing up in Tampa her father died when she was 8 years old. This forced Betty’s mother to go to find a job outside the home, and Rose went to work for Perry Paint and Glass in the Ybor City section of Tampa, a company she worked for the rest of her career.

As Betty grew up she was known by some as “Bickie” because her older sister by two years, Helen Patricia (Patsy) Haynes Coe, had trouble pronouncing “Betty.”

Betty graduated from Hillsborough High School in Tampa in 1947, and then graduated from Tampa Business College. She also attended art school and classes held by acclaimed artist Peter Eikeland who, at one point, painted a portrait of the beautiful young woman. Betty always loved to draw.

After completing business college Betty went to work at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

In 1953 she left McDill and went to work in Winter Haven, Florida, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It was there she met and fell in love with Taylor Lee and they married on March 21, 1954.

Soon children came to the couple. First, Georgiana was born later that year in York, PA while Taylor was on an extended field assignment with the USDA with Betty accompanying him. Another daughter, Cindy, arrived in 1957 and Patti came in 1959.

The family lived in the Florida towns of Bradenton, Webster and Lakeland while Taylor worked for the USDA, and the couple eventually moved to Taylor’s home state of Georgia, first to College Park and then to his hometown of Franklin when he retired from the USDA. When the couple moved to Franklin in 1988 they moved into Taylor’s childhood home on River Road where Taylor still resides.

A few of Betty’s favorite things were the following: book, American Caesar (a biography of Douglas MacArthur) by William Manchester and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier; movie, Kings Row with Ronald Reagan; actor, Sir Lawrence Olivier; actress, Betty Davis; hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul” and “And Can It Be”; game, Scrabble; flower, rose; hobby, reading, stamp collecting and painting; toy, doll; vacation place, Alaska; ice cream, chocolate; candy, anything chocolate; leisure activities, collecting flea market antiques, playing cards and board games, and reading through the Bible most every year.

Survivors include her loving husband Taylor Lee; daughters Georgiana Maclin husband Gary; Cindy Simmons and husband Wayne; Patti Stitcher  and husband Dave; grandchildren Mary Maclin Pinkert and husband Travis; Rebekah Tatum and husband James (J.T.); Jessie Stitcher, Lee Stitcher and Kate Stitcher; five great grandchildren and various nieces and nephews.

Betty was predeceased in 2012 by her first grandchild Katherine Elizabeth “Kara” Maclin.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.

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