NAHUNTA — Kenneth Michael Lee, 71 of Nahunta, entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at his home after an extended illness. Born in Lake City, Fla., his parents were the late Willard and Jessie Mae Lee. Lee retired as captain of the Jacksonville Fire Dept. with 33 years of service. He was retired Master Sgt. in the Air Force Guard, former Chief of the Nahunta Volunteer Fire Department, served as Brantley County Fire Coordinator, and was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Throughout his very extended illness, Lee’s faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ never wavered. He fully trusted in the Lord until the very end. He was loved by many for his kind and gentle spirit. Lee had many nicknames – “Kenny”, “Sweetheart”, “Big Bird”, “Mr. Safety” and “Captain”, and most of all “Paw-Paw”. Lee loved playing jokes on everyone. One of his favorites was “how far do you think you’d be if I hadn’t of called you back?”. While he wasn’t known as an animal lover, Lee was frequently seen surrounded by and caring for dogs, cats and horses. He loved the wonderful friendships he made through the horse world and the fact that horses made his wife very happy. Lee was up for anything that made her happy! Lee also loved to travel. The more the better. In some way, his illness opened up the doors to travel. He and Button traveled as much as they could for several years checking things off his “bucket list” as they went. Lee always joked he kept a spare toothbrush and change of underwear in the glove box — he was always ready to go! Through those travels, the Lees met some wonderful lifelong friends from all over the world, because if you knew Lee you know he didn’t meet a stranger. Whatever he did he did big. Lee was humble at the same time. One thing is for sure, he touched many lives. His biggest fans include his spoiled wife, Button Lee; three children Michael (Nikki) Lee of Jacksonville Fla., Mandi (Scott) Jones of Nahunta, and B.J. (Ashley) Eskew of Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Konner (Joe) Jones, Vaughn Lee, Ethan (Bob) Jones, Rosalind (Ozzie) Lee, Maci Jay (Buttercup) Jones, Benson Eskew, and Kynnlee Eskew; a sister, Shirley (Jack) Crews of Taylor, Fla.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, his Brotherhood of Fireman, and many friends. A memorial service for Lee was held Saturday morning, July 25, 2020, at Hickox Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Young and Rev. Gareth Allcot officiating. Interment with Fireman Honors will follow in The Amazing Grace Cemetery. Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at