William Francis Lee

Male, #35099, (1 Oct 1915 - 10 Jan 2003)
Father*John Frank Lee (s 1885 - )
Mother*Frances Herring (s 1887 - )
Birth*1 Oct 1915 William was born on 1 Oct 1915. 
Marriage*15 Aug 1940 He married Martha Park Culpepper at Greenville, Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 15 Aug 1940 at age 24. In the 6 Jul 1940 announcement of his engagement to Martha Park Culpepper, William Francis Lee is described as follows: Mr. Lee is the son of Mrs. Frances Herring Lee and the late John Frank Lee, of Newnan. His grandparents are Sarah Houseworth Lee and Francis Marion Lee on his paternal side, and Ida Huggins Herring and William Albert Herring are his maternal grandparents. He is a graduate of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute with a B. S. degree in pharmacy, and is associated with the Lee-King Drug Company. He is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity... Mr. Lee will be attended by Frank Hudson and Lawrence Keith, both of Newnan, and by James Carson, of Statesville, N. C., who will act as best man. The ushers will be Albert Powell, of Newnan, and Ben Freeman, of Greenville. The music will be under the direction of Miss Hope Terrell, of Greenville. The bride will be given in marriage by her father, and the ceremony will be performed by Rev. Warren G. Cutts, of Calhoun. 
Letter/Message Text13 Jul 1984  He wrote on 13 Jul 1984:
Eleanor Willingham.
Death of Spouse25 Feb 1991 His wife Martha Park Culpepper died on 25 Feb 1991 at Newnan, Coweta Co., Georgia
Death*10 Jan 2003 He died at Newnan, Coweta Co., Georgia, on 10 Jan 2003 at age 87
From the Newnan Times-Herald:

Mr. William F. Lee Sr., 87, of Newnan, died Friday, January 10, 2003.

Mr. Lee was born October 1, 1915 in Newnan, son of J. Frank Lee and Frances Herring Lee. He graduated from Newnan High School and also received a degree in pharmacy from Auburn University in 1937 where he was head cheerleader and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

On graduation from Auburn he began work as a pharmacist for Lee-King Drug Company in Newnan with his father and his uncle, the late John Robert King. He became the proprietor of LeeKing Drug Company and continued his work there until retirement at age 81. For many years he was in partnership with his son, Robert L. Lee, who still operates the business which now consists of three stores.

August 15, 1940 he married Martha Park Culpepper, to whom he was married for fifty years and who preceded him in death.

His work was interrupted when he served as an officer in the United States Army during World War II after which he was discharged with the rank of Captain.

He was a president of the Georgia Pharmaceutical Association, a past president of the Newnan Rotary Club, a member of the Newnan Country Club, and a member of the Central Baptist Church.

Surviving are children, Judge William F. Lee Jr., Robert L. Lee, and Martha, Lee, Child swen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. W. Y. Ellis.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Jan. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at McKoon Funeral Home.
A funeral will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. with Dr. Joel Richardson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Central Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1221, Newnan, GA 30264.

McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, Ga.
Pharmacist 'Whupper' Lee dies

By W. WINSTON SKINNER Assistant News Editor
William F. "Whupper" Lee Sr. , a pharmacist in Newnan for decades, died Friday, and
is remembered for his love of golf and Auburn University. "Whupper - I just didn't know anybody who didn't like ;him," said TimesHerald Sports Editor Emeritus Johnny Brown.

Lee, 87, was a Newnan native. He was born Oct. 1, 1915 to J. Frank Lee and Frances Herring Lee. "He was an old West Washington, Street boy," said lifelong friend Harold Barron.

Barron said his uncle Bill Barron and Lee "were in the same class together." Lee graduated from Newnan High School and proceeded to Auburn University where he was head cheerleader and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

After graduating from Auburn in 1937, Lee returned to Newnan and began working as a pharmacist for his uncle, John Robert King. He later became proprietor of Lee-King Drug Company and continued his work there until he retired at 81.

Lee's pharmacy career was interrupted during World War II when he served as an officer in the U. S. Army.

"Whupper was an artillery officer. Down at Auburn, they had ROTC," Barron recalled.

Golf was a favorite pastime for Lee. "We played golf all our lives together. We played about the same game," Barron said.

In the early 1960s, Barron and Lee started the "Flash-Whup Golf Tournament" at the Newnan Country Club. "It filled a void over the Labor Day weekend," said Brown.

Brown remembered that promoting the tournament required a different, creative picture of Lee and Barron each year. They were always willing to cooperate with the newspaper photographer to get a good shot.

Flash-Whup "got to be one of the most popular tournaments they had," Brown said.

Lee retained a great love for his alma mater all of his life. "Auburn has lost their most staunch supporter," Barron said.

"He was Mr. War Eagle," agreed Brown, who remembered Lee sharing the Auburn cheer on his television program, The Johnny Brown Show, on News Channel 9.

"I had him on my television show several times," Brown said. "He was a colorful character."

Lee had served as president of the Georgia Pharmaceutical Association and the Newnan Rotary Club. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and Newnan Country Club.

For several years after returning from World War II, Lee and Barron led the Baptist Training Union group for boys which met on Sunday evenings at Central Baptist.

At the first meeting, "the big boys just pushed the little kids away from the food," Barron recalled. He and Lee soon brought order to the meetings, and he remembered Lee's "quizzes from the Bible."

Lee was married on Aug. 15, 1940 to Martha Park Culpepper, who came from a prominent Meriwether County family.

Their oldest son, William F. Lee Jr., is a superior court judge for the Coweta Circuit. Robert L. Lee followed his father in the pharmacy business and continues to operate Lee-King's three stores.

Their sister, Martha Lee Child, is a local educator. In addition to his children, Lee is survived by his sister, Ida Lee Ellis, seven grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church, P. 0. Box 1221, Newnan, GA 30264.

Visitation will be held today from 6-8 p.m. at McKoon Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery on Sunday at 2 p.m.

"Whupper has been a very; very dear friend of mine all of my life," Barron said.
William Francis Lee


Martha Park Culpepper (28 Oct 1916 - 25 Feb 1991)
Last Edited17 Feb 2003