Pat was born on December 7, 1932 in Johnson City, Tennessee, the only child of Lynn “Skinny” Hyder and Lucille Shipley Hyder. She and her husband Everett W. Lee met at the ages of 12 and 14 and later graduated together from University High. After graduation, she completed one year of nurses training in Nashville before returning home to marry. Pat and Everett would raise their five children in Johnson City.
In the 1960’s, Pat’s love of nursing led her to volunteer as one of the “Gray Ladies” at Mountain Home VA (or Soldier’s Home), which is now a part of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. Once her children were grown, she was employed by Greene Valley Developmental Center in Greeneville, TN. After working there a few years, Pat and Everett moved to Afton and built a home.
Antiques started as a hobby for Pat and Everett but became a second career and later full time job when both retired. In 1989 they opened American Road Antiques located in Afton. It will close this year with an auction scheduled for the end of this month.
Pat was self taught and extremely knowledgeable in all types and generations of antiques. She traveled widely to find the very best pieces for her shop and would proudly state that she never purchased reproductions. She was well known and very active in the antique business and its’ various specialty organizations. For a number of years she was the President of the East Tennessee Antique Dealers Association.
While in Johnson City, Pat was an active and supportive member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where her children also attended St. Mary’s School. She participated in numerous lay ministries of the church and fund raising efforts at the school. In Greeneville, she was an active member of Notre Dame Catholic Church. Her faith in God was a legacy she passed down to her children.
Pat was known for being outgoing. She welcomed all strangers and was generous in giving to as well as helping others. She sponsored many charities and organizations throughout her life. Also known for her quick wit and dramatic flare, she was outspoken on many topics and she would “tell it like it is”. Her humor was a huge part of her personality and a trait she passed on to her children. We are all better for the fun she brought into our lives.
In addition to her parents and her husband; she is preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Jenny Lynn Lee Hines.
She is survived by her children Judy Shelton (Rick), Cindy Adorante (Joe), Larry Lee (Anna) and Laura Mott (Steve). She was a loving “Granny” to ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The Lee family will receive friends on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home with a service to follow at 7:00 P.M. in the chapel, officiated by Father Dan Whitman. Doughty-Stevens is located at 1125 Tusculum Blvd, Greeneville, Tennessee 37745.
A graveside service will be held at Monte Vista Memorial Park in Johnson City, Tennessee on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. located at 1900 E. Oakland Ave. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery. Pat will be laid to rest beside her loving husband of 56 years.
Pallbearers will be Joe Adorante, Rick Shelton, Steve Mott, Tyler Adorante, Chris Williams, Luke Shelton, Daniel Hreha, and Daniel Lee.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry Lee, Dr. Michael O’Dell, and the staff at Morning Pointe Assisted Living.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Notre Dame Catholic Church at 212 Mt. Bethel Rd, Greeneville, TN 37745. Pat also loved animals, especially cats. Donations may be made to any animal rescue/care organization of your choice.