LeRoy J. Lambright

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LeRoy J. Lambright

October 08, 1938 - July 14, 2018

LeRoy J. "Lee" Lambright, 78, Easley, South Carolina, passed away Saturday, July 14, at the McCall Hospice House, Simpsonville, after bravely fighting cancer for the past year and a half.
The son of Jacob and Alma Lambright, Lee was born Oct. 8, 1939, in Topeka, Indiana, into a family rich with Amish heritage.
On May 31, 1959, Lee and Georgia were united in marriage in Shipshewana, Indiana.
Lee is survived by his wife, Georgia; three children, Natalie (Paul) Szakacs, Franklin, Tennessee, Greg (Theresa) Lambright, Leesburg, Indiana, and Tony (Belinda) Lambright, Easley; eight grandchildren, Dustan (Ashlee) Menz, Jordan Menz, Nicolette (Chris) Ray, Mallory (Brad) Roberts, Adam (Lauren) Lambright, Austin (MacKenzie) Lambright, Jacob Lambright and Parker (fiancée Sydney) Lambright; nine great-grandchildren, Amelia Menz, Ella Menz, Charlie Ray, Logan, Luke and Landon Roberts, Kylan Gibson, Jaxon Lambright and Mills Lambright.
Lee was one of 11 siblings. Surviving are Fritz Lambright, Mary Miller and Irene Slabaugh.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Amos, Floyd, Peter and Elmer Lambright; and three sisters, Mabel Beechy, Viola Lambright and Edna Eash.
Lee was a 1958 graduate of Topeka High School. He was an outstanding athlete, setting a career county basketball scoring record of 1,257 points that stood until 1972.
Lee was sports editor at The Goshen News in Goshen, Indiana, for 34 years. He was a highly respected sportswriter. His three-times-weekly column, "The Benchwarmer," provided sports fans with unique insights. He also covered Notre Dame football and basketball for many years. Lee and Georgia retired to South Carolina in 2000.
Lee received many awards and accolades during his tenure as a sportswriter, including Indiana High School Athletic Association Distinguished Service Award for Media in 1986, honorary referee for the 58th annual Goshen Relays in 2000, and he was inducted into Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Lee enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially Notre Dame and Indiana University, riding his bike (often riding more than 15 miles a day), woodworking, traveling and the many friendships he developed over the years. But his greatest joy was time spent with his family. Lee was a proud Marine grandfather.
In 1995, he accomplished a hole-in-one at Timber Ridge Golf Course in Millersburg, Indiana.
Lee was a one-of-a-kind man humble, kind, wise, respectful, hard-working, selfless, a true gentleman. The world and all who knew him are better because of Lee. He leaves a lifetime of sweet memories and life lessons that his family will carry all the days of their lives.
Lee was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and the Homemakers Bible Fellowship Class.
Receiving of friends will take place Tuesday, July 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A celebration of Lee's life is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Both services will be at Rock Springs Baptist Church, Easley.
Arrangements are with Robinson Funeral Home, Powdersville Road, Easley.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lee's honor to The Gideons or Rock Springs Baptist Church Bethlehem's Blessing Ministry.
A memorial service will take place in Goshen at a later date.
Published on July 17, 2018
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