Thomas Braden Lee, Sr., of Mansfield, died, on December 24th in Mansfield surrounded by loved ones after a heroic battle with cancer.

Braden was born March 22, 1946 in Smyrna, TN, to William and Ellen Rose Lee. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 51 years, Judith Lee and 5 children, Laurie, Brad, Andrea, Christy and Michael.

A lifelong advocate of fair play, he admired hard work, integrity and on-time bill paying. He felt most comfortable being with his family and friends. He enjoyed a good joke, a fine knife and reminiscing around a truck bed.

After an award winning career in Construction Management, he found enjoyment traveling the world with family and the excitement that comes from a “hard 4!”

Braden served St. Jude parish in many ways, but most especially in his role as liaison for Father George to the general contractor during construction of our new church. Bradon was on the build site weekly coordinating Father's wishes for the building to the GC and assuring that no shortcuts were taken and we were getting exactly what we wanted in the building. No one put in more hours towards construction of our beautiful church than Braden Lee. Every time you walk into our beautiful sanctuary, you see Braden's hard work.

The Family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Esophageal Cancer Research.