Arthur H. Lee passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the age of 81. Arthur grew up in Haralson and Polk counties and was residing in Tallapoosa at his death. He met his wife of 59 plus years in San Antonio, Texas when he was serving as a Military Police in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. They were married on October 3, 1956, living 39 years in Douglas County, Georgia. He served in the Army during the Korean war from 1954-1957 and he completed his basic training in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina when he was then sent to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and then on to Ft. Sam Houston, Texas where he finished out his term.
Arthur was an inactive member of the Masonic Lodge. He testified that he was saved at a Masonic Lodge and was a Christian. He enjoyed Bluegrass music and didn’t consider there was any other style of music. He also enjoyed Bluegrass Gospel music. He made many fiddle instruments, which are owned around the country, as well as a few guitars and mandolins that only a select few have the privilege of owning one. He was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA on November 25, 2006. His instrument of choice to play by the time his arthritis became more crippling was a Dobro, although he also picked a guitar and could play the fiddle some. He played with famous people as well as common people. He and his wife frequented Bluegrass Festivals around the country and enjoyed the people and the music. He made many close friends in the musical industry, such as Fiddle champions around the country. Arthur became well-known in the fiddle making era of his life and has sold instruments to musicians played around the U.S. He also repaired fiddles for people, as well as giving instruction on how to build instruments to a few close friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Emma Lou Pelton Lee; his parents, Reverend Gus Hobson Lee and Mary Elizabeth Carnes Lee; one brother, Warren Thomas Lee.
He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Doris E. Lee Watson and James J. Watson; three nieces, Karen Pitts, Dondra Owens and Alicia Sosebee; seven great nieces and nephews and five great-great nieces and nephews. Arthur and Lou were not able to physically have children of their own, so they loved their family’s children and always had pet dogs they considered as family.
Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, July 1, 2018 from Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel with Reverend Alton Stamey officiating. Interment will follow in Polk Memory Gardens with the following serving as pallbearers; Chad Sosebee, Tim Owens, Donny Pitts, Aury Pitts, Wes McLarty, Adam Whatley and Jory Pitts.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM.
Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
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