September 22, 1932 ~ February 7, 2020

Born in: Hattiesburg, MS
Resided in: Millington, TN

Clara Mae Lee, 87, of Millington, Tennessee gained her Angel wings on Friday, February 7th, 2020.

She was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on September 22, 1932 to Larkin & Katherine Collins. Clara was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Robert E Lee, her beautiful grandson Taylor Joyner, brothers Larkin Collins Jr, Gary Collins, Jimmy Collins and sister Peggy Swinney.

After traveling extensively around the world as a military spouse she started her career & retired from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department as a Sheriff’s Deputy. Clara’s main interest in life was her family and she was known to many as Granny Lee. She loved unconditionally, would light up any room with her smile and anyone that truly knew Clara, knew of her many “Clarisms”. She was the most unselfish, kind, caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Life to her was simply family and she will be missed beyond measure.

She leaves behind her son, David Lee (Lori) of Edmond, Oklahoma, daughters Kathy Harrison (Larry) of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Beverly Buonviri (Kenny) of Key West, Florida.

She also leaves behind five Grandchildren, Trey Thompson, Rachael Lee, Amber Thompson, Sean Thompson and Drew Joyner, as well as, three Great Grandchildren, Keegan, Lillian and Baylor.

Sister, Rosemary Savage (Sammy), Brother in-law Don Swinney, four nieces, five nephews and many loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, Clara’s wish was for donations to be made to a charity she felt so deeply about, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. The family will be holding a private memorial and would like to take this time to thank everyone who reached out with love and prayers.

“Mom, you left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide, although we cannot see you, you’re always at our side.”

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  1. CandleImageClara was such a sweet, fun , caring lady. So thankful for the time we spent with her she will be greatly missed. What a blessing she was to all who knew her. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. CandleImageOur deepest sympathy to the children, grandchildren and extended family members for their great loss.
    Our Condolences,
    Larry and Peggy Cooper

    Larry and Peggy Cooper

  3. CandleImageI have so many special memories of Granny as I’m sure so many people have. My heart hurts for all of her Kids, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Friends. Love, Prayers and Hugs for you all. ❤️ “Valve”

  4. Granny Lee will truly be missed. She was a delight to around and always knew how to have a good laugh. She was the best! My deepest condolences.

  5. CandleImageClara you are truly one of a kind. I have never know a person that gave so much to every one around you and you never asked or excepted anything in return. I must say that you certainly instilled these qualities in David Kathy and Beverly. Forever grateful for the past 12 years. And you were right those darn machines were definitely repeating themselves. All my love KB

  6. Beverly,
    I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May God’s peace that passes all understanding surround you.
    Love, Mike & Cindy Mathis

  7. It is so hard to lose a Mom, but your know she loved you all beyond measure, and she still does. Our prayers are with you and all your family.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Mothers are our first love, bestfriend , coach and cheerleader. Rest peacefully Mrs Lee.

  9. CandleImageAnother wonderful Mother at peace with Jesus! We have been so blessed to have the best Mothers. What a gift! I’ll be holding you and your family close during this time. You’re alway in my thoughts and prayers Beverly! I love you.

  10. CandleImageMy aunt Clara was one of a kind, she lived life to the fullest, She loved her family fist and foremost. She and my Mom Peggy Swinney had so much fun when they got together, she always made my Mom laugh and I know my Mom is having so much fun with her now in heaven. My Aunt Clara you will never be forgotten and I will see both my Mom and her sister when that time is right for me. God bless all of Clara’s family and my God be with you at this difficult time. With all my love, Michelle Morris.

  11. What a beautiful obituary, Clara definitely left an impression on those she met and knew, and what an incredible life she lived. May you find comfort in reliving the best memories of a woman that had a life well lived. Our warmest thoughts and prayer to the family.

    Love Mike and Linda. 💕 🌹 🕯

  12. Clara Lee was a very special lady, she had a heart of gold that left a mark on mine. She would give you the shoes off her feet if you needed them. She will be missed by all but especially her dear family still here without her. She’s singing with the angels and watching over Taylor for my dear sweet Beverly ❤️🙏😢

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