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Leander Washington “L.W.” Sharp, Jr.

March 31, 1929 ~ December 8, 2019

Services will be held: December 10, 2019

Arthur Ray Talley, Jr.

May 25, 1938 ~ December 3, 2019

Services will be held: December 7, 2019

Becky Fyffe

August 27, 1960 ~ December 3, 2019

Services will be held: December 10, 2019

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Charles Ray Howard

12/12/1951 ~ December 2, 2019

Services will be held:

Charles Buxton Burgwyn, Sr.

March 7, 1949 ~ December 2, 2019

Services will be held: December 7, 2019

Frank Stevens “Steve” Bryan, Jr.

November 28, 1942 ~ November 30, 2019

Services will be held: December 5, 2019

Brookie Strickland Henderson

February 25, 1954 ~ December 1, 2019

Services will be held: December 4, 2019

Debbie Mazze

October 21, 1962 ~ November 30, 2019

Services will be held:

Naomi Sommerville Lee

05/29/1920 ~ 10/08/2018


RALEIGH – Naomi Sommerville Lee, 98, passed away Monday, October 8, 2018.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at McCullers Community Baptist Church, Raleigh.

Due to inclement weather, a graveside service will be held at 4:00 PM on Monday, October 15, 2018 in Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh. All are invited to attend.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner; and other times at the home of Joanne Lee Matthews.

Naomi was born in Wirt County, West Virginia on May 29, 1920 to the late Hiram and Ottie Naomi Sommerville. She moved with her family to Raleigh, NC in 1929 and graduated from Garner High School and received a degree from Meredith College in 1940 and continued her graduate studies in library science at UNC. She began her teaching career in Walstonburg, NC. During WWII, Naomi was a cryptologist, “Code Breaker,” for the Department of Defense. When she returned to Raleigh, she began the rest of her 34-year career as a public school teacher, principal, and librarian in the Wake County School System. During her years in education, she touched many young lives. During this time period, she met and married Uzzle “Buddy” Lee, Jr. and worked with him on their farm while teaching and caring for their family. They celebrated 63 years together before his death in 2009.

Naomi was a member of Wentworth Christian Church and McCullers Community Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and being an integral member of the Women’s Missionary Society. In addition, she was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and NC Retired School Personnel, and American Legion Auxiliary. One of her greatest pleasures was being a member of the Ruritanettes of the McCullers Ruritan Club and supporting the many activities of McCullers Ruritan Club. She was especially honored to work for the Ruritan organization as the First Lady of Ruritan National with her husband, Buddy, National President, 1976.

Her most cherished role was being a wife and mother. Her dedication to her family was unwavering. Her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren were all strengthened and blessed by having her example in their lives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Uzzle “Buddy” Lee, Jr.; sisters, Anna Byrd Jarrett, Verda Isabelle Hendrick; brother, Samuel Smith Sommerville; and son-in-law, Gerald E. Matthews, Sr.

Naomi is survived by her loving family which includes her daughter, Joanne Lee Matthews and fiancé, Jesse Warren Jones, II, of Raleigh; sons, William Uzzle Lee and wife, Emily, of Fuquay-Varina, Richard Sommerville Lee, M.D. and wife, Catherine Lee, M.D., of Garner; 6 grandchildren, Leslie Elizabeth Matthews Czech (Peter), William Morgan Lee, Christin Naomi Matthews Harman (Jason), Millard Lee Matthews (Heather), Alexandra Sommer Lee, and Christian Richard Lee; and 3 great grandchildren, Annalee Naomi Harman, Audrey Catherine Harman, and Daniel Edward Czech.

Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner. Online condolences may be made at www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com.



7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner
1200 Benson Rd., Garner, NC 27529



11:00 AM

McCullers Community Baptist Church
133 Rand Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603

***WEATHER UPDATE*** Due to inclement weather, a graveside service will be held at 4:00 PM on Monday, October 15, 2018 in Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh. All are invited to attend.


  1. Randy C. Ivey

    What a strong woman and lady! She touched so many people over the years. We were truly blessed to have had her in our lives for as long as we did.

  2. Nancy Reavis

    Joanne, so sorry for the loss of your sweet, sweet Mother. 98 years, oh my. May God bless you as you go through the difficult service and the absence of her in your life. Precious memories, how they linger!!!!

  3. Paulette Parrish Hackney

    My condolences and prayers for the Lee family. Mrs Lee was my 7th grade teacher at Vance Elementary School. I think of you often.

  4. Dale Sorrell Sauls

    Sorry for your loss. Mrs. Lee taught both my sisters and myself at Vance. A great teacher she was. Prayers for your family.

  5. Sherry upchurch neal

    My smart, encouraging 6th grade teacher at Vance. She had a long,loving,wonderful life. Prayers for all the family.

  6. Millard and Marty Thacker

    Our deepest and most sincere prayers and sympathy to the family of NAOMI LEE. She was a committed and dedicated supporter of RURITAN and served the organization well in providing continuing community service. She served her country during WWII and her community for many years in the educational field in the highest degrees. She will be missed by all.

  7. John and Susan Wester

    Mrs. Lee taught me (Susan Ferrell Wester) in the seventh grade at Vance Elementary School, and I have many fond memories of her. She and “Mr. Buddy” were such nice people and we are thinking of your family during this difficult time.

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