Mr. James Foon Lee, age 94 of Conyers, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. He was born on June 23, 1922 in Taishan city in Guangdong Province, China. He was married to Nga Lan Tam Lee who passed away February 24, 2011. He is survived by his son Dr. Louis Sang Lee, daughter in law, Virginia Mercia Nourabadi Lee, and daughter Wendy Sue Lee. He is survived by his six grandchildren, James Tiger Lee, Jeremy Daniel Lee, Jayden Alexander Lee, Luvlan Isobel Lee, Loralei Anabel Independence Lee and Leila Arabel Lee. Mr. Lee immigrated to the United States at the age of 13 where he settled in San Francisco, California. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed over in Japan. He was married to Nga Lan Tam in 1964. They started their family in San Francisco where he worked as a cab driver. In 1976, he moved his family to Atlanta to start one of the first Chinese restaurants in the city, the Chinese Garden. He later started the Hong Kong Restaurant on Buford Highway, and lastly, the House of Lee Chinese restaurant in Lithonia. He retired as a restauranteur in 1997. Viewing will be at Wages and Sons Funeral Home located at 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30046 on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Lee will be laid to rest at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, California on Sunday, June 17, 2017.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. James was a wonderful man. I know he’s flying high with his wife and they are both looking down smiling and proud of their kids and grandkids. I love you Wendy Lee and I’m always here for you.

  2. Thank you Mr lee for instilling honorable values in all your family and the friends you encountered .


  3. Daddy thank you for all you have done for our family. I’m so blessed to have a father that loved me unconditionally. You taught me how to be a good person and to be humble and grateful and to love and respect others and to treat people the way I want to be treated. Thank you for instilling good morals and showing me how to respect and love people no matter what. You are my inspiration and my hero and I will truly miss you. I’m honored to call you my Daddy and I love you with all my heart and soul. May you rest in peace.

    Your loving daughter,
    Wendy Sue Lee
    ( Wen Noey )

  4. Dad,

    Thank you for all the love, knowledge, wisdom and support that both you and mom have shown to me my entire life. You have taught me to love people, and to be honest, just and fair. You and mom have led by example and instilled your strong work ethic in me. You taught me patience and perseverance. My life’s successes are all possible because you were there to support and guide me each step of the way. Know that your legacy lives on through your children and your grandchildren. You will always be remembered until we meet again in our Heavenly Father’s house where Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us! I love you dad, R.I.P.

    Your loving son,


  5. Our hearts and prayers are with your family during this difficult moment. We had the opportunity to know your Dad and he was such a sweet and gentle person. He was loved by everyone and had good long life. He touched so many lives and will be missed dearly. We know that he is at peace with God and someday we will see him again. Sending our prayers and love to your family.

  6. In Our Hearts
    We thought of you with love today,
    But that is nothing new.
    We thought about you yesterday,
    And days before that too.
    We think of you in silence,
    We often speak your name.
    Now all we have is memories,
    And your picture in a frame.
    Your memory is our keepsake
    With which we’ll never part,
    God has you in his keeping.
    We have you in our heart.
    You are my Hero.
    You are my inspiration.
    R.I.P Mr. Lee

  7. Mr. Lee was a great man. He always took care of me when i was with his grandson Tiger. He will forever be in my heart and may he rest in peace.

  8. Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences.

  9. Mr. Lee was a kind and generous man whom raised a wonderful family. I believe he is now in Heaven free of pain an dancing with his beloved wife once again. I was privileged to have taught both his children, Louise and Wendy and one grandson, Tiger before I retired from teaching. May God continue to bless your family. I ❤️ Y’all. ??❤️

  10. It’s always hard for me to know what to say at times like these. Loss is a very profound thing, on one hand you want to bring comfort, but on the other hand there is really nothing that change the situation that death is an enemy and that our lives will always be affected by what has happened. So, the only things that are left is the love of friends and family that continue on this journey of life together with you, the memories and influence of our loved one, but there is also the hope that there is a power, higher than ourselves, that can fix this situation. For me, this power resides in the person of Jesus Christ, and it is my hope and prayer that this entire family will be reunited on that resurrection day. Please accept these condolences and love from the Williams Family.

  11. Doug & Sharon Brown
    We only met you a few times, however you have left an everlasting positive impression with your charm and consideration of those around you.

  12. Praying for you all Louis and Wendy. What a great testimony you are to his life and legacy. May the God of all peace give you comfort and peace during this time.

  13. He sounds like a wonderful man.
    Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning (ps30:5). Looking forward to that day where there will be no more tears.

  14. Grandpa (Ye Ye),
    Thank you for all of the unforgettable memories and all the laughs. You always made me smile. Thank you for welcoming me into your home and making me feel comfortable. I know that you are STILL KICKING and that you LOVE ME PLENTY 🙂 I’m going to miss the warmth of your company, big budha belly, and going to restaurants (even if it was O’Charley’s every time). But most of all I’m going to miss receiving those great, big hugs every time I visited you. You always waited by your recliner chair with a smile on your face, ready to wrap your arms around me. I love you oh so much and am truly blessed to have known such a beautiful, iconic, and funny human being. But most of all, I am BEYOND blessed to have had that amazing person as my grandpa 🙂

    Much love and big hug,
    Luvlan Lee <3

  15. Dad,
    I miss you, your comforting love, voice, hugs and laughter.
    Thank you for the love and joy you have shared with meYou are such a great father and grandfather. You are always there for Louis and I and supported through our marriage with your kindness and words of wisdom. I am so blessed to have you in my life and will always cherished the wonderful memories we had.
    Praying that we all can meet again someday on that day when Jesus Christ comes. Love you always?Virginia

  16. Mr.Lee,
    You gave me my first job in life at age 15, you were the my first impression as a boss, not only did you treat me like family but you taught me the basics in life as they would impact me for the rest of my life.. You took me in as if I were your son, and even called me Bo Lee, I’m am grateful for the times we shared as I was growing up, you taught me honor and respect and to go the extra mile in everything I do. You were never afraid to scold me, pat me on the back and praise me during that part of my life. You shaped and molded me to take on the world.. I love you Mr. Lee, and I know you loved me, you told me many times over the years. Thank you for being there, Thank you for your giving and patience to a young wild teenager.. Your Guidance helped me all through my life. I am honored to have known you all my life, and I am proud in the work I do in life because of you. May you always look down upon us and smile, as we have always looked up to you. Thank you Mr. Lee and May The Angels sing upon Heaven with your name. ?

  17. Dear Wendy & Louis,
    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Although it is an extraordinary blessing to live to 94 years old it is never enough time when we love someone so dearly.
    I will always remember your dad as a very pleasant, very patient and very brave man whom EVERYONE instantly liked. I wish I had more time to get to know this wonderful man. He was truly loved and will be truly missed.
    Please know that I am always available for you all. I, too, will keep your family in my prayers. May God keep and protect you all.

  18. Grandpa,
    I have had so many memories with you and I will miss you so much, but I am truly grateful for the time I got to spend with you. You will be truly missed by family and friends, but we know you are in a better place, walking with Jesus on the sea of glass.
    With all the love in my heart,
    Your grand-daughter,
    Leila ?

  19. Mr. Lee will be sorely missed my many. May God give you comfort and peace during this time
    Love Cindy Dunn

  20. James Foon Lee, my grandpa, my favorite person in the world, my everything. I will forever be grateful for the time we shared together. Including the laughs we shared, the meals we ate, or the air we breathed, because every second I shared with you were the most precious moments of my life. May you find peace in heaven, and I hope to see your smiling face again someday.
    Love your #3 grandson, Jayden

  21. James Foon Lee, my grandpa, was the only one in my life who I could both look up to and depend on to be there for me. He is a respectable man who looks out for others. He will be missed.

  22. I’m so blessed to have the Lee family in my life & I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Lee. I treasure the talks I had with him and all of the wonderful stories he would share. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. When I think of Mr. Lee I think of strength, love, integrity and great honor. He was a man who loved all and he encouraged everyone around him to love. He probably had no idea of how many lives he touched. He definitely touched mine & I’m a better person for knowing him.
    Rest In Peace Mr. Lee
    Love Jenny Walker

  23. Dear Grandpa,
    To say that I love you would be an understatement. To say I was blessed to have you in my life would be, too. I love & miss your encouraging smile, your contagious laugh, and your big hugs. You were always there for me, and taught me to believe there is good in the world. You were a very kind, loving, and positive person, with a big and generous heart. Everything you have done during the beautiful life you lived, was done to help and benefit other people. I can’t thank the Lord enough for giving me such a great person to call my grandfather. I am so grateful for all of the fun times we had and memories we made, and can’t wait to make more with you one day in heaven. Rest easy.

    I love you so much,

  24. Mr. Lee, you have always been like a Dad to me. You always said “family is who you love and you my family too.” I have so many things I am thankful for and to thank you for…. Thank you for always including me and my family in everything. Thank you for always loving me and teaching me so many things about life. Thank you for showing me by your actions how to be a “Good” person. You are the most honorable man I know. Your have always been kind to everyone, helped anyone you could. You taught us honesty, respect, how to work hard and to voice your opinions. You have always been humble and thankful for everything in life, especially friendship. You always said, “Tiffany, you a good friend, you always there.” The words I will always here you say in my mind are… “always be good to others and good will come to you.” I now know that the English word for that is Kharma. You will always be cherished in my heart, always be missed and NEVER be forgotten. I Love You Mr. Lee, a.k.a. Dad. This isn’t goodbye, it’s until I see you again. R.I.P.

    Wendy, Louis and all the family… it goes without saying that we are still family, I am and always will be here for y’all. Lots of love and prayers.

    Tiffany Witt Miller

  25. Betty & Aregay
    We fell in love with Mr. Lee the first time we meet him.He was very charming,friendly and kind person.We miss him very much.We felt as if we have known him for a very long time.The time we spend with him was very memorable and unforgettable.May God give his family and grand kids the power and strength at this difficult time.
    Rest in peace Mr.Lee!!!

  26. Rest in Peace Mr. Lee for your reunited with your love . Peace be with Dr Louis Lee & Family and Wendy Lee and Her children today and for the days ahead .

  27. Dear Mr. Lee,

    I will miss your big hugs, your generosity and the sweet pipe smell when I enter your house. You were so knowledgeable about baseball, basketball and football and I loved picking your brain about the point spreads or the money lines. I always rooted for the teams you took. I’ll never forget how you and Mrs. Lee welcomed me into your home and made me feel special every time I visited from California. To me, you were the epitome of “southern hospitality.” I was looking forward to your upcoming visit to the Bay Area. Will you forever Rest In Peace with Mrs. Lee in heaven.

    Forever in our hearts,
    Marie Lee and Family

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