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Leonard Lee

November 16, 1954 — February 16, 2024

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend Len Lee peacefully passed away in the arms of his wife, Maggie, and daughters, Lauren and Lindsay, on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 7am. He courageously and with a warrior's heart battled Multiple Sclerosis for over 10 years and cancer for the last 2 years. He persevered with a positive, upbeat attitude, always carrying a smile.

Len was a graduate of Banks High School and The University of Alabama. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Len was an advertising specialist, beginning his career just out of college at Luckie & Forney, one of the largest advertising agencies in the Southeast. He worked his way from the mailroom to Print Production Manager. He went on to work in several advertising agencies in Birmingham, AL and concluded his career as the Print Production Manager at Motion Industries. Len ran the entire print shop at Motion and was the only person in the company who could do what he did on a daily basis.

Len was born to W.F. (Bill) Lee, Jr. and Martha Fort Lee on November 16, 1954, joining his older brother William Edward (Eddie) Lee and sister Lindsay Lee (Warren). He met his wife, Margaret (Maggie) Barker (Lee) on June 29, 1979 at Birmingham Trust National Bank in Mountain Brook, AL where she worked as an account representative. Len told Maggie he lost his bank card as a way to introduce himself. He left the bank with a deposit slip containing her phone number which he kept until the day he died. They were married on July 19, 1980 and welcomed their daughter Lauren Jessica Lee (Lewis) on August 22, 1981, followed by their daughter Lindsay Christine Lee on March 1, 1987. These three women were the loves and light of his life. It is their great honor to have been with him as he passed. On December 12, 2012 Len became a Papa to Lauren's son, William Dean Lewis. The joy and pride he felt for his grandson was evident to all who knew him.

To know Len was to love him. He was a generous friend, a french fry connoisseur, and he adored the Alabama Crimson Tide along with the St. Louis Cardinals, thanks to his dear friend, Terry Dietrich. He was an avid golfer for many years and very well may have been on the Senior PGA Tour had it not been for Multiple Sclerosis. He spent many hours on the golf course with his father in law, Calvin "Pops" Barker and brother in law, Dan McKeever. Len was a born athlete, having played tennis, softball, and ice hockey. He shared his passion for sports with his family, coaching his daughters in soccer and softball. Len loved nothing more than a sharp suit, a new jacket, a new pair of shoes, and a sweater vest. One of his most admirable qualities was his attention to detail. It's also one of the qualities that made people want to do their best for him. He passed this quality on to both of his daughters and it has served them well personally and professionally. Len was connected to anyone and everyone you could imagine in all different areas of life. There was nothing he couldn't make happen and nothing he couldn't fix.

Len had a special way of loving people. It may not have been expressed in words but it was always reflected in his actions. We will ache for his presence and we will miss him every day.

We would like to acknowledge Len's love for members of his family - grandchildren - William Lewis, Aubrey Lewis, James T. Lewis; son in law James D. Lewis, brothers in law James (Jimmy) Warren, Steven Barker, and Dan McKeever; sisters in law Sandra McKeever (Barker), Kathy Barker, Beth Floyd, and Carol Lee; nephews - Chris Warren and Jarrod Warren; nieces - Deanah White (Lee), Rhonda White (Steele); great nephews - Andrew Warren, Jackson Warren, Christian White, Catherine Warren and Brandi Warren; great nieces - Ariana White, Julianne Warren, Hannah Warren, Kyndall White, and Karilyn White; and his adored feline friends - Louie, Jack, Flynn, and Simon.

The family would like to express their immense gratitude to Alabama Oncology and Dr. Benjamin Jones for his unwavering dedication to Len and his care. Donations made in Len's name to the American Cancer Society and the MS Foundation are greatly appreciated.
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Thursday, February 22, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

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