Lee is the former owner of Smith Life and Legacy and Grandview Cemetery in Maryville, TN. He has worked in the Funeral and Cemetery Industry for over 45 years. In 1967 Lee graduated from East Tennessee State University and later served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1968-1974. He is enjoying semi-retirement as his two sons and partners continue the growth of the business. He has served as President of the Cemetery Association of Tennessee and the Southern Cemetery Cremation & Funeral Association. In 2015 Lee was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the SCCFA.