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Thomas Elkins Lee III

February 1, 1940 - March 12, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date March 21, 2020

Family and friends may call at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort, on Friday, March 20th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 1766 Milford Street, Clarksburg on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Linda Muhly presiding. Mr. Lee will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

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Thomas Elkins Lee III “Tom, Papa Tom” of Clarksburg, WV and Palm Harbor, FL passed away in St. Petersburg, FL on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the age of 80 years old.

Tom is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn J. Hurst Lee “Hurstie”; children Colton Thomas Lee, Tiffany Annette Gillen (Kevin Gillen), and Thomas E. Lee IV (Becky Lee); sisters Virginia Lee Curtis and Carol “Mimi” Fanning; brother John Lee (Pauline Lee), brother-in-law Dave Hutson; grandchildren Harrison Gillen (15), Alexa Lee (15), Cameron Gillen (13), Landon Lee (8), Hunter Gillen (8), Sydney Lee (4), Nixon Lee (3) and Maddox Lee (3 months) and numerous nephews and nieces and other family members who adored him beyond measure.

He is preceded in death by his father Thomas E. Lee Jr., mother Harriet Luchterhand Lee, sister Annabelle Hutson as well as brother-in-law Dr. John F. Fanning, additional family members and very dear friends.

He was born on February 1, 1940 in Clarksburg, WV. Tom graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1958 and attended Salem College and Marshall University. He was later drafted to serve in the U.S. Army and was discharged in 1965 after serving the time required.

Tom married Marilyn Jane Hurst, a Clarksburg native and the love of his life, in 1967 in Newport Beach, California where she was teaching elementary school. The couple then began their life together and started a family in Clarksburg, WV.

Tom’s career started by helping operate the family business, the Coca-Cola bottling/distribution facility in Clarksburg. After the family sold the business, he went on to found Mountaineer Beverages as well as Tom Lee Inc., a coal mining machinery parts supplier to overseas mining companies. In 1997, WV Governor Cecil Underwood declared Tom Lee Inc. as one of the state’s ‘leading exporters’.

Tom was skilled at making people smile. He was a caring individual with a passion for life, family, friends, horse racing, and WVU sports. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

His family and friends are so grateful that they were able to celebrate with him at his 80th birthday party last month in Safety Harbor, Florida. Even on his 80th birthday, Tom was the life of the party.

Family and friends may call at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort, on Friday, March 20th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 1766 Milford Street, Clarksburg on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Linda Muhly presiding. Mr. Lee will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

In Papa Tom’s own words, “over and out”.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.

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