James Lee Greenlee

James Lee Greenlee, 53, Rutledge, gained his angel wings January 8, 2022. After a four month battle with COVID-19, our Heavenly Father called him home. Waiting at heaven’s gate to welcome Lee home were his father, Millard Greenlee Jr.; and his grandparents, Millard (Francis) Greenlee and Millard (Ida Mae) Brooks.

Family left in mourning are Lee’s mother, Christine Greenlee; children, Brandon (Makaila) Greenlee and Amber (Benjamin Acuff) Greenlee; papaw’s lil girl, granddaughter, Lily Greenlee; brother and sister, Johnny (Jessica) Greenlee and Cathleen Greenlee Carroll; with nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins left with loving memories of Lee.

SSgt. James Lee Greenlee, retired, was a member of the 278th ACR and fought for his country in the Iraqi War. He was a highly decorated soldier and fought with love for his country.

He earned his Master Mason rank in the Masonic Lodge #44 in Rutledge, Tennessee. Lee also paid tribute to fallen military personnel every Memorial Day by riding in the Smoky Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Ride that ended at Veteran’s Lookout on Clinch Mountain.

Lee loved the outdoors and was a lifelong sportsman, taking down many trophy bucks, ducks, geese and various wildlife and teaching children to love the outdoors and carry on the hunting skills of our forefathers. He also enjoyed civil war reenactments as well as participating in cannon and field artillery shows. Lee was a child of God, saved and baptized in the Baptist faith. The funeral will be held January 13, 2022 at Smith-Reagan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. with a Masonic funeral at 8 p.m. The burial will be held Friday, January 14 at noon with military honors at Central Point Cemetery. The family wishes to thank all the loving friends who prayed for, cared for and helped during Lee’s fight to heal, with special thanks to Walker Trucking for all their help during his illness. He fought the good fight and is resting in his Heavenly Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Lee’s name.

Services entrusted to Smith-Reagan Funeral Home of Rutledge.