John and Lynn Lee
As parents, Lynn and John Lee understand the importance of investing in the future. They also believe that education is one of the most valuable investments one can make. That’s why they have chosen to include their alma mater in their estate plans.
“The year 1980 was a memorable one for us,” share John Lee. “Lynn and I were married, my father passed away and we, subsequently, transferred our studies to Barton College so that I could assume management of Lee Motor Company during a time of severe recession. I managed to attend Barton classes full time, in addition to summer school, and graduated on time in 1982. Graduating from Barton has made a tremendous difference in our lives, and Barton has a special place in our hearts. We believe it’s important to give back to this institution that has provided such a great education for us and countless others.
“Barton is a vital educational partner, not only in the Wilson community but also across the region,” John added. “The College can be proud of its nationally recognized academic programs, and it continues to gain regional and national distinction for its student focus on writing and critical thinking. It’s exciting to see these amazing strides that the College continues to make as a leader in higher education, and we want to be a partner in sustaining Barton’s future for generations to come. It’s the right thing to do.”
The Lees are ardent supporters of education in their community. John has served on the Barton College Board of Trustees since 1986, providing keen insight and leadership in a variety of roles. Lynn currently serves on the Greenfield School Board of Trustees. They also recently sponsored a Planned Giving “Ladies Lunch and Learn” program at Barton.
They make their home on a farm in Nash County, with their young daughter, Luisa. John is the President/Owner of a number of automobile dealerships in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, representing Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Hyundai, and Kia. The Lees are members of the First Baptist Church of Wilson, where John serves on the Board of Deacons.
Lynn and John Lee, generous supporters of their alma mater for many years, are recognized as members of the College’s Barton Society, Torchbearer’s Society, and, now, the College’s Heritage Society.