Robert Gene ‘Bob’ Lee


Robert Gene “Bob” Lee, 89, passed away in a Knoxville, hospital on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, from complications of Covid-19.

He was a long-time resident of Cleveland, and was of Catholic faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Phyllis Maxine Lee; mother and father: Lester M. and Ella Sue Lee; and brother, Randall Lee.

He is survived by two children: David Lee (Jean) of Pella, Iowa, and Jeanne Bowers (David) of Knoxville; a brother, Neil Lee (Pat) of Cleveland; four grandchildren: Jennifer Salvoch (Manny) of Centennial, Colo., Aleshia Reed (Jacob) of Knoxville, Patrick Lee (Rachel) of Murfreesboro, and Drew Silcox (Allison) of Washburn; four great-grandchildren with a fifth due in May.

After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War.

After leaving the military, he retired from TVA after many years of service. He loved gardening, UT football and working crossword puzzles.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Bob or share your personal condolences with his family by visiting the guest book at

A small family service will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church at a later date.


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