Henry “Ike” Lee, 64, died on October 12th from a heart attack. Ike was raised in West Point, Mississippi. He graduated from Rhodes College and later did graduate work in Philosophy at Tulane University. In 1984, he married Martha Crenshaw, MD, whom he met at Rhodes, and they settled in Stone Mountain, GA. Ike said his greatest accomplishment was raising their two children, Hal and Rachel Lee. For over 25 years Ike volunteered and then directed the foot washing clinic at the Central Night Shelter for homeless men in Atlanta. During his tenure, the clinic received The MLK Jr. Community Service Award from Emory University. Ike will be remembered for his love of books, movies and music. He was a man who could always make someone laugh and think. He made everyone he talked to feel important. The memorial service will be held Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00pm at Central Presbyterian in Atlanta, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Central Night Shelter of Atlanta (https://www.cnsatlanta.org/index.html).

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  1. My love & prayers are with you and your family. I didn’t know him but I know if you married him he was special.

  2. Dear Dr. Crenshaw,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Husband’s untimely death. I know he was a special man as he was so lucky to have you as his wife. Sometimes we just do not understand but knowing that it is God’s hands is what faith is all about. Trusting that you and the children will cherish all the good times you had to share here on earth and that he is safely in God’s hands now looking down and smiling like his picture.

  3. We are saddened about the loss of your sweet Ike ~ we will always remember his wonderful smile, his warm and loving personality, his pride in Hal and Rachel, his amazing knowledge of so many things, and his wonderful eggnog. He was truly a unique and special man and we know he will be missed but never forgotten. Sending our love…

  4. I am so sorry to hear about Ike. We were cousins, but never had the opportunity to spend time together. Only short visits
    when Millard & Rachel made a trip to El Paso. If we had lived closer together, I know we would have been good friends.

  5. Martha, I am so deeply sorry to receive this news from our mutual friends from Rhodes days. MInor and I send our sympathy, prayers , and love to you and your family. WIth love, Natalie

  6. There simply are no words to convey our sorrow. You have our prayers and thoughts. Love to you, Rachel and Hal. We just found out a day or so ago. Only God in heaven knows why such a good man would be called to heaven at this early time in his life. May peace surround you like a warm blanket to cope. With our deepest sympathy, Jane and Ottis

  7. I loved chatting with Ike at carpool and soccer. His love for his family was evident everyday. The Redwines and I are sorry for your loss.

  8. Rachel, Martha and Hal – We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Chris’ father a few years back and I still recall the terrible void and the feeling that the world simply could not and should not go on without someone so important and central to our lives. I don’t think you ever get over the loss of a parent, and I can’t even imagine the loss of a spouse and life partner. I hope you and your family will be able to take good care of yourselves and each other, as you begin the slow healing and acceptance process. We appreciate the important work he did for the Men’s Shelter and your generous request to donate to that important cause, which we are happy to do in his memory. Thinking of you – Chris and Laurie Parker (Lena’s parents)

  9. Martha, I was so sad to learn about the loss of your Ike. That’s not supposed to happen to such a young guy. Know that you and your family are in my heart and prayers! So So Sorry!

  10. Dear Martha,

    I’ve been thinking about you so often…I’m better at phone calls and email lately. Every Christmas I wanted to write you and your mom, but it’s been a difficult couple of years. We are well, so far, and sincerely hope you and all of your family are too. I hope you will email me, if you have the time and inclination to reconnect. I’m so sorry about Ike’s death. I expect he and my husband David would have enjoyed each other a lot. Books, music and philosophy mean everything in our house! Sending much love to you and your family, Lisa

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