William Tennent Lee
July 12th, 1970 to January 24th, 2019
While Will was a current resident of Argentine in Kansas City, Kansas, his heart and soul never left his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. After graduating from Huntsville High in 1988, in an act he would later describe as “late teenage rebellion”, Will decided to attend Auburn University to spite his father. Once graduating from Auburn with a degree in psychology, Will finally came to his senses and joined his friends at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he would earn his Master’s degree in Counseling and Women’s studies with a minor in beer and football. While attending Alabama, Will was also instrumental in the formation of the legendary (to them) rock band, Free Beer.
After graduating from Alabama, Will lived and worked all over the country until finally chasing a girl to Kansas City in 1998. That relationship ended in a life long friendship, but not wanting to pack his stuff again, Will decided to stay in Kansas City. That decision would lead to Will meeting Cammie in 2008 and the world would never be the same.
Will had a deep passion for music and art and was an accomplished painter, he loved to spend his free time wandering around museums in every city he found himself in. He also had a habit of dragging his wife all over town in search of the “perfect cheeseburger”, they never found it, but it was a lot of fun looking.
Will is preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert S. Coker and Lillian J. Coker. L. Tennent Lee Jr. and Sarah C. Lee.
Will is survived by his father, L. Tennent Lee and his wife Diane. His mother, Marjorie C. Agnew and her husband Lewis. His much loved in laws, Robert R. and Hettie Ann Leary. His sisters Beth Lee McCormick, her husband Grant and Wills nephew Dawson Crow. His sister Kimberly Burkett Graham and his niece and nephew Allison C. Nixon (Johnathan) and Tyler Graham (Dakota). His brother Christopher C. Lee. Step brothers Darrell (Sarah), Dennis, and Derrick (Nancy) Agnew. His god children Jessie and Theo who he taught to torment his long-suffering wife with the Sponge Bob Square Pants theme song. And of course, his adoring wife, Cammie Lee Leary, who has now been left to decide how many electric guitars and basses are really considered “décor”, how much Crimson Tide memorabilia she really needs, and what to do with a stuffed animal collection that is the envy of your average 6 year old.
The family would like to extend a thank you to all of Will’s doctors and the Liver Transplant Team at Saint Luke’s on The Plaza who have taken care of him through this long battle. And an extra giant thanks to all the staff on the 5th floor, Heart Institute. You have all become family over the years and we will be eternally grateful. You guys are the best of the best.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Midwest Transplant Network at 1900 W. 47th Pl, suite 400, Mission Kansas 66205.
Will’s celebration of life will be held on February 17th from 1 to 5pm at Old Shawnee Town in Shawnee Kansas. Another service will be held in Huntsville Alabama at a later date.
And just in case Nick Saban is reading this, Please Run the Ball.