SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 18
(By Senators Chafin, Yost, Green and Stollings)
[Originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure]
Requesting the Division of Highways to name a stretch of highway in Wyoming County, West Virginia, on State Route 20, just across the Wyoming County line approximately one mile to just past Ikes Fork Freewill Baptist Church, the “David and Janet Lee Memorial Highway”.
Whereas, David E. Lee, Sr., was born in Ikes Fork, West Virginia, May 16, 1927, the youngest son of John and Millie Lee. He served in the United States Air Force and was a proud veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He married his beloved wife Janet December 9, 1949, and they shared fifty-three wonderful years together until her death in 2004. After his military service, David utilized the GI Bill and graduated from Marshall College in 1959. After working for the IRS in Chicago, Illinois, David and Janet moved back to West Virginia in 1963 where they remained until their deaths. David began a thirty-year teaching career in 1963 at Coal Mountain School, Huff Consolidated and Baileysville High School where he touched the lives of the many students he taught and coached. He served two terms on the Wyoming County Board of Education after his retirement, continuing to be an advocate for the students and public education. Affectionately known as “Poppy”, David cherished his four sons, David Jr., Dale, Dean and Dante, and his grandchildren, JL, Tiffany, Chelsea, Aaron, Danielle, Jessica, Brittany, Drew and Kendra and his great grandchildren, John David, Katie, Isabella and Colton. David was active in his church and community and was always willing to help his neighbors. Janet Riffe Lee was born September 13, 1933, the daughter of John and Cara Riffe. She owned a restaurant and flower shop until she became a cook in the Wyoming County school system and at the Wyoming County Jail. Known for her great cooking, she served the students with a smile and a special touch of believing in them. She devoted her life to David and her boys as well as her grandchildren. She was active in her church and community and was a compassionate shoulder for those in need. They say “behind every great man is an even greater woman pushing him”. That was never more true than for David and Janet. She was truly the strong force that kept the family together. David passed away on April 16, 2012; and
Whereas, It is fitting to honor David and Janet Lee by naming a stretch of highway in Wyoming County, West Virginia, on State Route 20, just across the Wyoming County line approximately one mile to just past Ikes Fork Freewill Baptist Church, for David and Janet Lee; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name a stretch of highway in Wyoming County, West Virginia, on State Route 20, just across the Wyoming County line approximately one mile to just past Ikes Fork Freewill Baptist Church, the “David and Janet Lee Memorial Highway”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the stretch of highway as the “David and Janet Lee Memorial Highway”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the surviving children and relatives of David and Janet Lee.