Kermit Hugh Lee, known affectionately as Hugh, a beloved husband, brother, friend, and respected member of the community, passed away on July 9, 2023, at Brasstown Manor in Hiawassee, Georgia at the age of 91. He was born on February 6, 1932, in Frostproof, Florida. Hugh was known for his tremendous sense of humor, his strong work ethic, and his ability to bring joy to those around him.
Hugh's educational journey began at a technical school where he studied printing. He furthered his education by attending Georgia State University. These experiences laid the foundation for his successful career and allowed him to contribute to his community in various ways.
A proud veteran, Hugh served his country during the Korean War. He also served in the National Guard in Alabama. His military service was a testament to his bravery and commitment to protecting the nation he loved. For his brave service, he received the Korean Service Medal with 1 bronze service star and a United Nations Service Medal.
In addition to his career and military service, Hugh was deeply involved in several organizations that brought people together. He served as the President of the Taraah Shrine Club and was an active member of both the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs. Hugh also achieved the highest level of Free Masonry, becoming a "Master Mason" in 1955. Throughout Georgia, he was recognized as the longest-living Mason.
However, Hugh's accomplishments were not limited to his professional life or involvement in organizations. He had a love for fishing that brought him much joy throughout the years. It was during these moments spent on calm waters that he found solace and relaxation.
Hugh touched the lives of many throughout his lifetime and formed strong connections with both family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Kermit Lee, and Alma Tuten Lee.
Hugh is survived by his wife Eleanor W. Lee, he is also remembered by Sylvia Lee Crossland (sister), Ilene Laney Terry (sister), Henry Dale Laney (brother), and Sue Laney (sister-in-law). Their presence in his life brought him immeasurable joy, and he treasured the moments they shared.
The memory of Kermit Hugh Lee will forever be held dear in the hearts of those who knew him. His laughter, dedication, and strong moral character continue to inspire and guide us.
A graveside service will be held on July 15, 2023, at Union Memory Gardens Cemetery in Blairsville, Georgia. Friends, family, and all who had the pleasure of knowing Kermit are invited to gather at 11:00 AM to honor his life and bid farewell. Military graveside honors will be presented by North Georgia Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children. May we all find solace in the memories we shared with this remarkable individual whose legacy will live on in our hearts.
Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville is honored to be serving the family of Kermit Hugh Lee. Please share your condolences online at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.