Lee Ellis Lantrip, aged 90, entered into eternal rest on January 19, 2024 in Abilene, Texas. Born on May 3, 1933, in Anson, Texas, to the proud parents Westly and Verna Lantrip, he lived a life devoted to faith, family, and service.
Lee's journey began in Anson, where he graduated from Anson High School. In 1951, he answered the call to serve his country, joining the United States Navy and embarking on a path of duty and honor. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Barbara Baucom, and on October 10, 1953, they exchanged vows in a ceremony held in Arizona.
After his military service, Lee relocated to Abilene in 1956, where he pursued higher education, attending night college in Breckenridge. A man of hard work and dedication, Lee went on to contribute significantly to the community through his roles as a bus driver for Greyhound, Abilene ISD, and the Abilene Senior Citizen Center.
Lee found joy in the skies, obtaining his private pilot license and embracing the freedom of flight. His compassionate heart led him to engage in prison ministry for many years, where he selflessly shared the message of hope and redemption through Jesus Christ. Lee and Barbara also fostered three children for several years, proving a stable home for them.
A pillar of faith, Lee was a devoted, founding member of Oldham Lane Church of Christ bringing with him his experience as both a Deacon and Elder at 16th & Vine Church of Christ. His commitment to his Christian values was evident in every aspect of his life, and he touched the lives of many through his unwavering faith and dedication to spiritual service.
Above all, Lee cherished his role as a loving husband, a wonderful father, and a doting grandfather. His family was his greatest source of pride and joy, and he leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, character, and Christian virtue.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his two sisters, Jeanette Hall, and Sue McCabe; and one brother, Erwin Lantrip.
Lee is survived by his wife of 70 years, Barbara Lantrip; his three daughters, Becky Lynch and husband Lou, Kathy Andrews and husband David, and Trisha Thompson and husband Steve; his six grandchildren, Michael Baker, Chelsea Roland, Amanda Ross, Cassie D’Souza, Erin Henry, and Emily Strong; eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.
As we bid farewell to Lee Ellis Lantrip, we remember a life well-lived—a life marked by faith, service, and the enduring bonds of family. May his soul find eternal peace in the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father.