Homegoing Celebration for the Life of Ronald Rodel Lee will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am ~ Church of The Living God ~ 3711 Biglow~ Dallas, Texas 75216 ~ Bishop Harold Edwards, Pastor. Visitation will be held from 12:00-7:00 with the Wake from 7:00-8:00 on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 @ the funeral home.
Ronald R. Lee passed away on December 28th, 2016 at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas. Ronnie or “Ron” as he was affectionately know was born on April 1, 1962 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ron was the oldest of 4 children and son of Margaret and Roosevelt Lee.
Educated in the Oklahoma School System, Ron attended and graduated from Millwood secondary and high school. While in the fifth grade, Ron became the youngest member of the Millwood Senior High School Marching Band. He then pursued higher education and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Central State University in Edmond Oklahoma. He studied Classical and Jazz music. Always dedicated to his craft, Ron was voted the Most Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Pianist.
A child prodigy, Ron began playing the piano and singing at the age of three where he was taught how to perfect his craft by his mother. He joined the church early in life and swiftly began his dedication to playing for the church. At nine years old, he became the Minister of Music at the Greater Cleaves AME Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At the age of thirteen, he became the Minister of Music at the Church of the Living God, #290, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ron also played for Greater Cleave CME, Oklahoma, City and the New Beginning Full Gospel Church in Atlanta, GA. Ron traveled the County performing music workshop and helping churches to develop their church choirs. While Ron’s true love was playing for the house of God, he also shared his talent in other venues. He performed in world a world tour in the United States and Kenya as a Jazz pianist and singer. he also performed and opened for many great musicians such as Ray Charles and Patti Labelle with whom he also performed as a background singer. He has played with the Tommy Newsome, Conrad Janice, Hal Linden, Doc Severson bands. Ron also appeared and performed on TV shows such as the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and he Merv Griffin Show. He was also the vocalist sound that you may have heard on the Southern Comfort Commercials.
Ron arrived in Dallas, Texas in 1998 and attended Church of the Living God Temple #145. The church needed a musician and Ron happily accepted the challenge. As Minister of Music, he played for the Sanctuary Choir, Voices of Biglow, Youth Adult Choir, Women Chorus and the Men Chorus. He also worked with the Betty Goodwin Memorial Choir for their special programs. Whenever there there were a Church of The Living God joint programs, Ron was the musician of choice. Whenever he was called, Ron answered yes. Under Ron’s musical leadership, the Sanctuary Choir has performed an Annual Christmas Cantata which has become the highlight of the choir and congregation.
In addition to serving as the Minister of Music of Church of Living God #145, Ron also served as the Minister of Music for the Church of Living God, District 10 and lead musician for the Annual Youth Fellowship weekend. He was dedicated to the Church of Living God and even when ill, he would show up until he physically was unable to.
Ron had unlimited love for his children J’ia and Reecie. He was devoted to his children and made sure they were provided for. Ron also had a special bond with his twin brother Don Lee. They couldn’t live with each other and couldn’t live without each other. They were truly “their brother’s Keeper”. They telepathically knew when the other was in need and acted upon it.
Ron leaves the following to cherish his memory, his two daughters; Carriesian (Reecie) Holloway & J’ia Gladney, Sibilings; Donald l. Lee (Evelyn) of Dallas, Texas; Gregory R. Lee (Marissa) of Virginia Beach, VA, Debra K. Lee-Pulliam of Sachse, TX; Carla Lee, Oklahoma City, OK, Danielle Lee of Iowa and Roosevlt Lee Jr. of Iowa, Crystal Mintor, Dallas, Tx and his nieces and nephews, Christopher Lee (Eryn), Bria Pulliam, and Mariah Lee, Aunt and Uncles; Faye Maye, Mamie Shelton, Billy Shelton, Alonzo Anderson and a host of cousins, family members and loved ones.