“Be careful, keep calm, and don’t be afraid,” a recurring reminder from Pastor C. Edward (“Eddie”) Lee in recent years, seems more appropriate than ever after his homegoing to heaven on Saturday, February 05, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. He was 79. Afraid we are not; he has run the race and now rejoices with his Lord and friend Christ Jesus, whom he met with every morning through prayer and the Word, and followed faithfully all his life. Eddie was born on July 27th, 1942 in Roswell, NM to Robert Edward Lee II and Flora Elsie Lee (Blanscet), who instilled faith fundamentals and other lessons like how to work hard, and the ins and outs of car mechanics (a vintage car often stood in wait for him to tinker on, most recently his 1940 Ford). After high school, Eddie proudly served his country in the National Guard. He was a loving brother to four sisters, two older, Ella Storms and Thelma Lee Ayers (whose funeral he performed last year), and two younger, Elaine Wallen and Shay Patterson. Eddie was devoted to his beautiful darlin’ and most faithful prayer partner, Linda Ruth Lee, whom he cherished in marriage for almost 60 years. Together they lived full of integrity, grit, and the Holy Spirit. A proud, fiercely affectionate father and grandfather, his living legacy includes four children, Lucinda Lorayn Melton, Susan Lorenda Houston (Monty), Jeena Renee Lee, and Robert Edward Lee III (Katherine); six grandchildren, Ladaea Rylander (Adam), Robert Melton (Hannah), Grayson Houston (Ariel), Haley Houston, Elaine and Olivia Lee; and three great-grandchildren, Ella and Florence Rylander, and Soren Melton. He is also survived by many extended family members who remember him warmly. A well-studied ordained pastor, Eddie shepherded and discipled for over 50 years of ministry with the Assemblies of God in New Mexico and Oklahoma, and finally for 30 years in El Paso, TX as the founding pastor of Harvest Christian Center, God’s vision that Eddie fulfilled with joy since 1992. He loved his city and his church, and his absence from El Paso is felt by many. He was singularly motivated, in life and ministry, to spread the life-giving Good News of Jesus to his family, to El Paso and the border region, and to the world. Not the type to slow down, he was looking forward to continuing that call in other avenues after retirement; instead, we pick up his baton and run. To donate in Pastor Eddie Lee’s honor, please give to the Harvest Christian Center REACH fund via hccelpaso.com. All monies received go directly to reaching the lost around the world for Christ. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 3:00pm followed by a Celebration of Life at 5:00pm at Harvest Christian Center, 1345 New Harvest Place, El Paso, TX. On Friday, February 18, 2022 his family will hold a private burial service in Roswell, NM. Services are entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Dr. If sending flowers, please send to the church at 1345 New Harvest Place, El Paso, TX. The church recommends Blossom Shop (915-544-5818).
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