Mr. Phillip Lee
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 6, 1946
  • Place of birth:
    Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 3, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    McKinney, Texas, United States
"He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me… - 2 Samuel 22:17-18

Mr. Phillip Lee, age 68, departed this temporal world on March 3, 2015 and transitioned into the glorious dwelling of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He and his family learned he had developed pancreatic cancer only a few weeks before he passed. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and all who knew and loved him. He leaves behind a rich legacy of devotion, inspiration and love.

Phillip was born to Ruby Shelby on November 6, 1946 in Dallas, Texas where he lived as a child and a young man. There he met and married the love of his life, BettyJean Short, before relocating his family to Plano,Texas which became the family home. Phillip was employed as an Electronics Technician at General Electric Dallas' Housewares Division for more than twenty years. There he worked diligently as a dedicated and loyal manager until his retirement in 1986.

In May of 2014, Phillip sadly lost his beloved wife, BettyJean... only ten months before his own demise. During her illness and declne over a three year period, he spent every day by her side tenderly loving and caring for her. Phillip felt honored and privileged to have had her as his wife and enjoyed their marriage for more than forty years. He mourned her loss very deeply.

The miracles of God are real and Phillip Lee was a talking, walking testament to that... In June of 2013, after surviving a stroke only a year before while visiting Atlanta for his grand-daughter Nikki's baby shower, he suffered three back-to-back cardiac arrests where he was pronounced dead for a total of forty five minutes. Baylor McKinney Hospital's (McKinney, Texas) medical staff recalls unexplained events that led to his miraculous revival as well as a near complete recovery that included the return of his sight, his speach, his mobility, his cognitive abilities as well as restoration to all his organs that had ceased functioning. And if all that wasn't miraculous enough, Phillip later shared with his family - and anyone else who was willing to listen - the amazing story of his after-death, out-of-body experience where he reported seeing a team of doctors, nurses and various medical staff working feverishly below him to revive his dead body. Phillip surprised everyone by his ability to recognize and name every doctor and nurse that worked in the emergency room to revive him. When the doctors in the hospital heard of the miracle, they all visited and looked upon him in amazement and disbelief.

Also, during his out-of-body experience, Phillip shared a horifying recount with his family. He tearfully shared how he found himself in a place of utter darkness and unimaginable loneliness. "I was terrified," his daughter Shelli remembers him saying. He shared these words as well: "I remember thinking to myself, where is the light? I don't see the light that everyone talks about." God is so very gracious, so very good and ever so merciful... Days later, while lying in his hospital bed visably traumatized by the event, his son-in-law, Dwayne Hughes, led him to Christ. During this miraculous event, Phillip also reported hearing the Voice of God telling him that his time had not yet come. The day Phillip finally left the hospital, he reported seeing "a light in the sky so bright that it hurt my eyes to look at it. But in the light, I saw Jesus sitting on a throne in the heavens."

After a lengthy stay, Phillip again surprised everyone by walking out of the hospital and continuing his life where he left off, loving and caring for his terminally ill wife every day until she left him to be with the Lord. At her memorial in May of 2014, Phillip shared with his family a beautiful and touching story. He told of how he comforted his wife shortly before she passed by telling her, "When you get to heaven, look for a beautiful meadow that grows beside a stream, where the sun is shining and the birds are singing.... Wait for me there and I will find you."

Phillip rarely spoke of his own dreams, desires, gifts and talents, but on rare occassions he would talk of how he had wanted to become an architect as a child and a teenager. Phillip was a phenomenal cook, he loved to fish, he could build anything and work wonders with his hands. Phillip drew extremely well and was a gifted painter. He would have made an exceptional architect. He also spoke of wanting to travel the world and live in Paris. Unfortunately, he never achieved those dreams. Instead, he chose to answer a higher, more admirable call. He selflessly placed his own aspirations aside to care for his brothers and sisters when they had no one there to care for them. His younger sister, Charlene, shares a touching story of how hard Phillip worked to provide for them. "He would work two and three jobs at a time to take care of us," she remembers. She also spoke of how creative and resourceful he was. "I remember how Bucky (Phillip) would make toys for us to play with," she recalls. "We were very poor and couldn't afford to buy them."

Phillip is survived by his three daughters, R'chelle Cyrus-Hughes of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Jena Norman of Melissa, Texas and Phelicia Lee of Springdale, Maryland; his four grandchildren, Brienne Miller of Atlanta, Georgia, Christian Owens of Plano, Texas, Ansyn-Nicole Wilson of Lithonia, Georgia and Alexandra Norman of McKinney, Texas; his three great-grandchildren, Sarai Norman, Lyric Norman and Marvin Wilson, Jr.; his two son-in-laws, Dwayne Hughes of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Glen Norman of Melissa, Texas and his three grand-son-in-laws, John Miller of Atlanta, Georgia, Marvin Wilson, Sr. of Lithonia, Georgia and Glendon Norman of McKinney, Texas.

Phillip is also survived by two sisters, Addie (Dimple) Wilson of Dallas, Texas and Charlene Haskett of Denver, Colorado, and a brother, Larry Lee of Aurora, Colorado (who he was recently reunited with after 40 years) as well as numerous cousins, other relatives and friends. 

The family of Phillip Lee would very much like to express their sincere gratitude to Baylor McKinney Hospital in McKinney, Texas, Park Manor Skilled Nursing of McKinney, Texas and Heart To Heart Hospice. The care and compassion that was shown by all throughout the time of his illness was a blessing to him as well as to his daughters. Words cannot express how much we appreciate you all.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Phelicia Lee on 17th May 2015

"Mother's Day has passed and I once again grieve for the loss of my Mother, one year ago--now Father's Day approaches and instead of grieving for his loss, I will choose to celebrate our Father's life and the love he exhibited everyday for his family.  Thank you Daddy for being such a wonderful Husband, Father and Man--you set the bar HIGH for any man in our lives to live up to your legacy."

This tribute was added by Clifton Short on 22nd April 2015

"Uncle Philip,
Thanks for all the good times, for taking excellent care of my Aunt Betty Jean, and for being a man of character.   The Short family just got another addition in our Heavenly Home.  Please  tell My Lord Jesus Christ thank you,  and my Dad and Son ... Hi.     -  Larry Short"

This tribute was added by NL Miller on 26th March 2015

"Beloved:  On behalf of the Miller family, I send love to you, the family of Phillip Lee.  I am grateful to have prayed with him and to meet him at the wedding of Bri and John Miller.  He was indeed a gentle giant and bright light whose faith blessed me.  I pray God's strength for all of you."

This tribute was added by R'chelle Cyrus-Hughes on 19th March 2015

"Thank you so very, very much Ken and Harette Howard for graciously opening up your beautiful home to my family and I, hosting us for two days and so generously giving such a wonderful and delicious Memorial Barbecue in my dad's honor. You should have been among the family and friends on the boat that went out on the water but instead you chose to stay behind to make sure everything was absolutely perfect... and that it was!

My dad loved a good barbecue... He was definitely in his element and enjoyed an opportunity to prepare and share good food with his family and friends... He would have been so very pleased to see how those he loved most in this world came together to enjoy each others' company in such a loving way. I am stealing you from Jena... I love you both!"

This tribute was added by Harsh Kalra on 17th March 2015

"Phelicia: My best wishes to you & your sisters.  I wish you all peace in your hearts.  From everything I have heard, your Father had a wonderful life and even more wonderful children.  Having met you, and hearing a little about your sisters, I have no doubt that he and your mom look down with pride in their hearts."

This tribute was added by Jena Norman on 16th March 2015

"What a brilliant and kind man my father was. He blessed so many with his generous spirit and loving smile. My father was considerate to all he came across. I will miss you daddy terribly! You shared and  taught me so much the last few years. Those memories will never be forgotten. My life was truly blessed, because you blessed me. When you said you were ready to go home, he heard you and so did mom. What a beautiful reunion it was!

Thank you daddy for loving us all."

This tribute was added by Phelicia Lee on 16th March 2015

"I made every attempt to live my life the way my Father intended.  He sacrificed to make sure I had the best education and attended the best schools, I received my Bachelor's Degree without owing a dime to anyone because my Father made sure my Education was paid for by him to make sure I did not have to pay back loans.  He taught me how to be independent and disciplined to work hard and not take anything for granted. He passed peacefully on Tuesday, March 3rd. You see, the Lord called my Father once before in June of 2013, but my Father believed his work on this earth was not done. He felt that it was his duty to ensure my Mother was taken care of and that's what he did--he made sure my Mother had a peaceful passing. God called her home in May of 2014 and now, I believe God said to my Father "Job well done my good and faithful servant, its time to come home". I love you Daddy and will eternally miss you, but I know you have been reunited with your Love.

Your youngest daughter, Phelicia"

This tribute was added by Ella Pennie on 16th March 2015


I will always remember Daddy Lee...the dad that God gave me for a season here on earth!

I will always remember seeing you almost daily as you cared for and visited your wife!

I will always remember the conversations we would have at Premier about life and your family!

I will always remember you treating me as if I were your daughter with the unconditional love of God! Telling me you always enjoyed my smile and I was a beacon of light to you!

I will always remember the last time I saw you and spent time with you...we shed tears and talked about so many things before you transitioned to your heavenly home!

I will always remember you telling me that all of the pieces of the puzzle are together now...and your last words to me were, "Enjoy your Life."

You may be gone in the flesh but I know you will live on forever with me in spirit!


RIP...Until we meet again...


This tribute was added by Bri Miller on 16th March 2015

"Phillip "Papa" Lee, was easily one of the greatest men I'll ever know...a genuine MAN in a world that seems to have forget what that means or looks like and I was blessed to call him my grandfather. He loved my grandmother FAITHFULLY for over 40 years and now they are happily reunited in heaven. He had a soft heart when it came to his 3 girls, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren...and a mean bite for anyone that crossed him or his family. He protected, he provided, he sacrificed, he supported, he listened, he laughed, he cheered us up, he cheered us on and I swear he made the best lemon pie and fresh salsa you've ever tasted. He inspires me everyday to work smarter, love harder, reach higher and use the time I'm given to do more good and be great at it. I love you forever, Papa..."

This tribute was added by R'chelle Cyrus-Hughes on 12th March 2015

"May you forever bask in the love, peace and joy that you are enjoying in the midst of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ... Please remember to give Mommy a kiss and a smile from me."

This tribute was added by R'chelle Cyrus-Hughes on 12th March 2015


Your treasure is hidden, for it dwells at the core.
We dive deep to seize it from your ocean’s floor.

You’ve reached your horizon; the Son is in the dawn.
His reflection shows on you and brings us to calm.

For vast was your scope and thus far you did flow…
Now His Ocean above meets your ocean below.

Written by R’chelle Cyrus-Hughes"

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Phelicia Lee


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