2017-05-17 / Front Page

Honoring 1st Lt. Weston C. Lee


Blue lights of GSP and local law enforcement units escorting 1Lt. Weston C. Lee to Blakely stretched out of sight on North Main Friday, along with flags and hundreds of people lining the street. Blue lights of GSP and local law enforcement units escorting 1Lt. Weston C. Lee to Blakely stretched out of sight on North Main Friday, along with flags and hundreds of people lining the street. Early County High’s Mangham Auditorium was packed Saturday afternoon with over 900 people who came to pay their respect to 1Lt. Weston C. Lee.

It had been two weeks — two long weeks — since news of Weston’s death in Iraq first rocked Southwest Georgia along with Weston’s family. He was the son of Eddie and Aldene Lee of Bluffton.

The packed auditorium was no surprise... Weston was a hero! Not just because he died serving his country and our freedoms.

—More photos on page 9A —

Over the past two weeks it became more obvious each day he had touched the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to have been around him — family, friends, SGA classmates and teachers, North Georgia College classmates, fellow had long been their hero!


Under a salute of respect by GSP and local law enforcement, the U.S. Army Honor Guard escorts 1Lt. Weston Lee’s flag covered casket into Mangham Auditorium for Saturday’s memorial service. Under a salute of respect by GSP and local law enforcement, the U.S. Army Honor Guard escorts 1Lt. Weston Lee’s flag covered casket into Mangham Auditorium for Saturday’s memorial service. “He always sought the good in everybody,” Weston’s father, Eddie Lee, noted.

Weston was a 2010 graduate of Southwest Georgia Academy where he left a lasting impression. “Weston loved to be involved and his biggest love was for children. He was such a Christian man, while helping with the weight program he inspired the boys to be Godly men through his Bible studies. He was honorable to God on and off the battlefield.”

Two moving tributes to Weston were given during the memorial by his cousin, Mavis Lark Moore, and NGC classmate and fellow soldier, Capt. Jimmy Webb.

Mavis recalled as many memories of Weston time would allow. “From the first time I held him and he sucked on my finger, he was the son I never had,” she stated.

Capt. Webb said he and Weston had so much in common and spent so much time together, “We lied. We told everyone we were cousins!”

He stated a General assessing officers stated that 1Lt. Weston Lee was among the top five percent of first lieutenants he had ever assessed.”

He was asleep that Saturday night when “Uncle Eddie” called to tell him about Weston.

Weston was an infantry officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, N.C. He died April 29 from wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul. He was part of a team of advisers assisting Iraq’s Kurdish fighters known as the Peshmerga.

His return home Friday generated a show of patriotism, respect and love unparalled in Southwest Georgia to anyone’s memory.

“Coming out of Fort Benning and along the highway every place we passed by people were out by the road,” stated Steve Manry who drove the hearse back to Blakely along with Weston’s mother, Aldene.

The arrival at Court Square will long be the most memorable event to which our “Grand Old Lady” served as the backdrop.

By 6:30 Friday evening a heavy line of people with umbrellas up was backed up out the doors of the United Methodist Church and over a block long down Commerce Street in Fort Gaines Street during the family’s visitation.

Two Psalms were included on the back of Saturday’s memorial program.

Psalms 27:1...

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalms 91:2...

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him I will trust.

On the front page under Weston’s photo and the Airborne emblem was a quote from General George S. Patton... “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”

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