ForeverMissed
Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end, the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance
     - Garth Brooks

Our hearts have broken.  The day has come that Lee Walton, dedicated father, beloved Bumpa/Grandpa, and my other half, has passed away at the age of 63 following a courageous journey with pancreatic cancer.   The depth of our grief is surpassed only by the depth of our enduring love for Lee.   

Lee is survived by his wife Jane, his children Felicia (Joe), Joshua (Laura), and Cameron, his grandchildren Ella, Ben, Sienna, Everly, and Jake, his siblings Patsy (Tom), Billy (Toni) and Pam (Don), his mother-in-law and father-in-law Sue and Howie, his cat Tig :) and countless other treasured extended family and friends.  

Charles Lee Walton was born April 24, 1957 in North Carolina, to Mary Jane and Carl Walton.  He was the youngest of four, the baby of the family.  He spent his childhood in Raleigh, NC and graduated from Sanderson High School and UNC Charlotte.  He worked in healthcare IT at Burroughs, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville, and Huntsville Hospital.  He cared deeply about his work and the contributions he could make - large or small.  Asheville was the place where we met, where we married 24 years ago, and where we began our love story - full of Jimmy Buffett songs and our shared dream of living on the beach - a dream that came true when we moved to Dauphin Island, Alabama five years ago.  His life was made sweeter by the friends and family he had with him all along the way.

Lee’s family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors remember him for his kindness, his patience, his integrity, and his generosity - of his time, of his expertise, of his friendship.  It has been written that people do not remember what you say, but they remember how they made you feel.  Lee was a person who made people feel valued and cared for, to feel hopeful, to feel a deep sense of belonging.  His warmth and compassion touched every person he met. 

For his children, Felicia, Josh and Cameron, he was their rock, an unwavering source of love, strength and support.   He believed in their dreams and was so proud of the people they each became.  He cherished them so deeply.  And he cherished his beloved son-in-law Joe and daughter-in-law Laura, so happy for his children to experience the kind of love you only experience when you find your soulmate.  Likewise he has delighted in watching the affection and support between Cameron and his girlfriend Sarah grow over these last years.  If happiness in life is to love and be loved, then Lee lived the happiest of lives because the love he gave to his children - and they to him in return - was boundless.

And just when you think your heart couldn’t love someone as much as you love your children, life gifts you with grandchildren.  For Bumpa, the joy he felt with his five grandchildren Ella, Ben, Sienna, Everly, and Jake was the joy of a lifetime.  He adored them and delighted in every moment spent together - on FaceTime getting hugs and kisses and stories, swimming together in the pool and beach, racing cars down the hall decorated with their artwork,  knocking out our pieces in a heated game of marbles, sharing his Oreos, Rice Krispie treats and snickerdoodle cookies and wearing his special hug bracelet, connected no matter the miles or circumstances.  They adored him and there was rarely a moment together when one of them didn’t have him by the hand or curled up in his lap.   To watch him with his little ones was to experience the purest kind of happiness, an unforgettable joy and love that will stay with us for a lifetime.

Longer than
There've been fishes in the ocean
Higher than
Any bird ever flew
Longer than
There've been stars up in the heavens
I've been in love with you
   - Dan Fogelberg

For me, Lee was my everything.  My love, my soulmate, my best friend, my hero, my every missing piece, my fairy tale.  There are no words I can write to explain the love we shared with each other.  My life began when I met Lee.  We raised the most beautiful family together. Having Lee by my side made me a better mother, a better friend and a better person.  I am forever grateful to him for giving me his unconditional love and devotion. I know that our love story will go on through our children and grandchildren, and our many friends and family that have walked alongside us.  To share a love like ours is rare and precious and I will treasure it always.  I will remember him a thousand different ways, in the warmth of the sun on my skin, in the smell of the sea, the feel of the sand, in the bright light of the stars in a dark sky - each one a reminder of the light he brought into my life.  

My soulmate is at rest, and I hold him close within me.  Please hold him close, as I do, in your mind and your spirit as we celebrate our love for Lee and the lasting impact he has made on each one of us. 

I love you Lee, now and forever.

Those crazy days and crazy ways
We never want to un-do
We'll be together now and forever
At the Blue Heaven rendezvous
   - Jimmy Buffett


Jane Walton


Memorial contributions may be made to University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute in honor of the amazing nurses, doctors and staff and the care they provided to Lee.      https://giving.usahealthsystem.com/mcigifts

Posted by Annette Geddes-Washington on April 7, 2021
Dear Jane and family. My heartfelt condolences to you all. I hope you feel surrounded by much love. As I'm sending you more love along with healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am missing my Jamaican brother already. Thank you for sharing Lee with me. One love! His Jamaican sista Annette
Posted by Susan Riddle on April 7, 2021
Oh Jane! Please know you all have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss as I know the love you and Lee shared.

Be kind to yourself, find comfort in the memories and know that you are in the prayers of many.

Peace my friend!
Posted by Shirley Phillips on April 7, 2021
Lee was my "third son"! Always with us in happy or sad times. If it was during a time of sadness, like burying his cat in our pet cemetery or celebrating a birthday. He was here for every one of John D.'s
Those two boys could get into more mischief. One thing they loved to do was to climb or shinny up the tall pine tree in Mary Jane's front yard and make it sway side to side. Us Mothers would wonder why the tree didn't break and what would happen to them if it did! They never minded us and when they finished this "fun"  they say, See it didn't break! What a twosome they were!
Posted by Melissa Crow on April 3, 2021
Jane and family, There are really no words that adequately express my sympathy to you in your loss of Lee. I have been amazed to see you guys rally for the last 2 years and love him so well. Lee’s obvious extreme love for his family and dedication to fighting this awful disease was truly heartbreaking to watch and it was also inspiring in many ways. I pray that the same drive to keep Lee alive and love him will resonate within your hearts and help keep you close with family and friends. You have a great village here at Dauphin Island loving YOU “now and forever”. Lee is no longer in pain and can rest... and he will always be in our hearts. I can’t help but feel Lee’s presence and see him here watching over everyone the way he always did. I pray for Jane, the children and grandchildren to be comforted in these difficult days ahead and please know that you are loved so very much.
Posted by Chris Christianson on April 2, 2021
Lee, was my friend. We shared a 1957 mindset that allowed us to reminisce. Lee was my boss for a time and we agreed to disagree about many things.  We left each conversation with respect and trust that the next one would be fun! He was and is a man who understood a smile and it pained him when he couldn’t evoke one. Great things came out of 1957, A Chevy, Ike, Graceland, Frisbees and my friend. We all are the the fortunate ones, we got a chance to experience the best things that came out that year. Little did we know that one of them worked and partied with us every day. His name is and was Lee, Charles if you want know, and I was second to the greatest Charles that year. I’m okay with that, he had the lead and he had my friendship, my trust and my respect.. He is and was my friend...ohh and by the way, he always will be until we get to that crossroads upstairs, then he is buying.. well once again he got there first... love ya old man...CC
Posted by Denise McCorvey on April 2, 2021
Lee was such a generous person. We will all miss him, but his legacy will live on through all the great work he did. 

Denise McCorvey
Huntsville Hospital IT
Posted by Felicia King on April 2, 2021
Mr. Lee Walton you will forever be remembered in my HH IT journey. Thank you for always encouraging me to be the best me I can be.

Felicia King-Washington
Huntsville Hospital IT

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Posted by Annette Geddes-Washington on April 7, 2021
Dear Jane and family. My heartfelt condolences to you all. I hope you feel surrounded by much love. As I'm sending you more love along with healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am missing my Jamaican brother already. Thank you for sharing Lee with me. One love! His Jamaican sista Annette
Posted by Susan Riddle on April 7, 2021
Oh Jane! Please know you all have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss as I know the love you and Lee shared.

Be kind to yourself, find comfort in the memories and know that you are in the prayers of many.

Peace my friend!
Posted by Shirley Phillips on April 7, 2021
Lee was my "third son"! Always with us in happy or sad times. If it was during a time of sadness, like burying his cat in our pet cemetery or celebrating a birthday. He was here for every one of John D.'s
Those two boys could get into more mischief. One thing they loved to do was to climb or shinny up the tall pine tree in Mary Jane's front yard and make it sway side to side. Us Mothers would wonder why the tree didn't break and what would happen to them if it did! They never minded us and when they finished this "fun"  they say, See it didn't break! What a twosome they were!
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