Skip to content

Mary Angela Lee: Green Sea

    Mary Angela Lee of Green Sea peacefully passed away on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, with family by her side. She was 68.
    She was born in Mullins on June 22, 1944 to the late Ross Clemons and Prudence Buffkin Clemons. The youngest of four children, Mary Angela was the sister of Jack Clemons, Dale Clemons, and Toby Ann Clemons, all pre-deceased. Uniquely, she became an aunt on her first birthday to Jackie Clemons Cox, who was her playmate for life.
    Mary Angela graduated from Tabor City High School and earned her B.A. in Sociology at Meredith College and her Masters in Social Work from East Carolina University. She was a social worker for the Pitt County Department of Social Services as well as the State of North Carolina.
    Throughout her life, Mary Angela was an organist for various churches and a piano teacher. She was an avid tennis player and painter. She enjoyed collecting photographs and spending time on the beach. She was a former member of Green Sea Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, Fidelis Book Club, Service League and German Club as well as involved in the Greenville Museum of Art. She was a member of Tabor City Baptist Church, Dirt Daubers Garden Club and Pioneer Study Club.
    She leaves behind her son, David Boyd Lee and his wife Dana Williams Lee of Wilson; her daughter Meredith Lee Colby and her husband George Russell Colby of Los Angeles, Cal.; her four grandchildren: Hunter Daniel Lee, Mason Boyd Lee, Rachel Hope Colby and Hayes Goodman Colby; her sister-in-law Doris Hayes Clemons; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
    A memorial service to celebrate Mary Angela’s life was planned for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Tabor City Baptist Church. Visitation was to precede the service, from 1 to 1;45 p.m.
    Burial is to be held at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at
    A guest register is available at

Leave a Comment