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Julius Lee, 1932-1998

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 Julius Lee was a person who not only loved his Lord, but loved and cared deeply for his family and for all those other people to whom he ministered during his 32 years in pastoral ministry. His priorities as a pastor were preaching the Word and being there when a person had a need. He always said, "If they don't need me now, they don't need me."

  Julius Haywood Lee was born August 15, 1932, in Johnston County, North Carolina, to Harvey M. and Martha Massengill Lee. He graduated from Four Oaks High School, and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Following this, he worked for the Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, N.C. After finishing college, he taught social studies at West Edgecombe High School, Rocky Mount, N.C. During this time, the call to become a minister of the Gospel, which he had received as a teenager, became very urgent upon him. He then answered the call of his Lord and entered Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, from which he received the Master of Divinity, and later did his CPE work at South Carolina Baptist Hospital.

  Julius pastored Ephesus Baptist Church, Spring Hope, N.C., Patterson Springs Baptist Church, Grover, N.C., and Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, Durham, N.C. before coming to the Virginia Conference in December of 1979. He served the Cumberland Charge and Halifax Church in the Farmville District, and the Prince George Charge and Matoaca Church in the Petersburg District, retiring July 1, 1998.

  His survivors include his wife, Katherine Cox Lee; a daughter, Martha Lee King, and her husband, Keith Samuel King of Disputanta, Virginia; a granddaughter, Cynthia Rebekah King, age 2; two sisters and three brothers; two sisters having preceded him in death.

  A service of celebration for his life and ministry was held at Matoaca United Methodist Church on January 1, 1999, with the Rev. Howard Gosnell, pastor; the Rev. Anthony Layman, district superintendent; and the Rev. L. W. Adams officiating.

  When told in September 1998 that he had colon cancer which had spread, Julius said, "I will be a winner no matter how it goes." Near the end, as he was slipping away., he smiled and said, "The widow of Zarephath was going to eat the bread and then die" (1 Kings 17:12). Julius could smile because he knew that, as Elijah had brought the miracle to this widow, the Lord was about to bring him to his victory. Yes, Julius won in the best way for him at 4:40 p.m., December 29, 1998.

— Katherine C. Lee

 

 

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