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Lebanon Cemetery
Wednesday May 18th, 2022
11:00am - 11:45am

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Dr. Don Royce Lee

Dr. Don Royce Lee, 82, of Commerce, passed away in the early morning hours of May 17, 2022, with family by his side at Hunt Regional Medical Center of Greenville. 

Dr. Lee received his Masters Degree in Biological Science and Physics from ETSU in Commerce and his PHD in Microbiology from Corvallis, Oregon. He was a retired Professor serving at Texas A&M, Commerce, in the Microbiology department. He was a member of ASM (American Society for Microbiology) and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He was also a member of the Presbyterian Church in Commerce. He loved gardening and raising ornamental plants & Irises, and had the distinction of maintaining a garden for thirty six straight months at one time. It was not unusual to see him standing next to his seven foot high tomato plants as he worked his three acre garden. He also loved his time as a Professor and commented that he "enjoyed his time spent helping all  my students to become the best professionals they could become".  He lived by the philosophy that "we should go through life treating everyone fairly and kindly as you would wish to be treated."

He is survived by a son, Charles Keith Miller of Commerce; grandchildren: Dalton Lee Miller and Stetson Thomas Miller, great grandchild, Ryleigh Mae Miller; a brother, Robert E. Lee of Oklahoma City, and a sister, Goldie L. Lee of Houston.  He was preceded in death by his parents, eight siblings, and a grandson, Riley Patrick Miller.

Per his wishes, Dr. Lee will be layed to rest in the Lebanon Cemetery in Commerce, Tx. at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in a plain pine box. He also request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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My thoughts and prayers are with Royce's family. I am so saddened to hear of his passing.
I was Clifford's best friend growing up in Daingerfield from elementary school all the way through high school. I spent many a weekend with Clifford there on the family farm in Jenkins. As a result I got to know Royce very well. In fact I was treated like a brother by Clifford, Levoi, and Royce.
My heart is broken to hear he is gone. I spoke with Royce on the phone about three weeks ago. I am so glad I did.
May God bless and Comfort all the family during this time.
Danny Collard

Danny Collard May 20 2022 10:22 PM

Dr. Lee was a great instructor who inspired me to complete my education goals. Thanks Dr. Lee 🧫

Dr. Teresa Bussell, TAMUC May 19 2022 5:06 PM

I will miss Dr. Lee and his smile. He hired me to the Chemistry Department more than 20 years ago. It's an honor to know him and work with him for many years.

Ben Jang May 18 2022 12:55 PM

Dr. Lee was a great instructor whose influence led me to persist and complete my education. Thanks Dr. Lee....
Dr. Teresa Bussell, TAMUC

Dr. B May 18 2022 11:36 AM

So sorry to hear this. Dr Lee was one of my favorite professors at ETSU in the early 80's. He kept me focused and motivated to reach my undergrad Biology degree, and then encouraged me in pursuing my graduate studies. I have many fond memories of his unique teaching style and just talking with him between classes.

Greg Hulsey May 18 2022 11:34 AM

I have known Dr. Lee for a decade now. He was a very good man. My deepest condolences.

Sri Nippani May 18 2022 10:47 AM

Rest In Peace my friend. Your earthly journey has come to an end.and you will truly be missed

Helon May 18 2022 8:32 AM

Sending prayers for comfort, peace and strength during this difficult time to Charlie, Dalton and family. There are so many happy memories that I have of Royce and the kids at “Pairadice” He loved that farm. He would teach them about the plants, flowers, and animals. He loved driving around the farm in his green truck just admiring what they created together. It always brought him such joy. Royce fought hard these last couple months. My heart is heavy on his passing but I am glad that he was able to be surrounded by the ones he loved the most and was at peace in his last moments here on earth. Dr. Lee leaves behind a legacy both in family and professionally. He was a brilliant and kind man that taught and helped many. He is loved by many and will be greatly missed.

With love and condolences,

Julie May 17 2022 10:38 PM