STEPHENVILLE—Funeral services for Thomas A. “Chip” Lee, Jr., 71, were held Sunday, May 7, at the First Baptist Church in Stephenville with Dr. Ken May officiating. Burial followed at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in De Leon.

Chip was born to the late Thomas A. and Lela Clements Lee in Gorman. He married Barbara Jo Vannatta on June 18, 1966 in De Leon where he grew up before moving to Stephenville in 1973.

He attended Texas A&M University where he earned his BS, MS and Ph.D. Chip worked in the Texas A&M System as a plant pathologist for over 30 years and was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Stephenville.

Chip is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara; sons, Chad and wife Amy Lee of Fort Worth, and Clay Lee of College Station.

The family wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to either Foster’s Home for Children or Erath County 4-H Shooting Sports.

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