Dec. 18, 1938-Feb. 21, 2019

A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Burl Dean Lee was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home with Sister Linda Chance and Bro. Mike Honzell officiating.  Burial followed at Weaver Cemetery in Flora.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Monty Trichel, Ron LaBorde, Doyle Waddle, Billy Spillman, Jimmy Martin and Brad Walker.

Honorary pallbearer was J. W. Smith Jr.

Burl, 80, and a resident of Black Lake, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at his home with family and friends surrounding him.  He was born Dec. 18, 1938, to Burl and Lillie Carnahan Lee in Rosston, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant daughters, Dana Suzanne Lee and Denise Susan Lee; sister, Dorothy Jean Brossette; brother, Douglas Lee; and an infant brother, Wane Lee.

Burl was a 1957 graduate of Cloutierville High School and entered the US Air Force in 1961.  He was honorably discharged in 1965 and attended LSU while beginning his life-long career in law enforcement.

He served the City of Natchitoches as Police Chief for many years and later worked for the Natchitoches Parish Sherriff’s Office.

He enjoyed a lifetime of making music with his family and friends.  He could play most any instrument but always excelled at playing the drums.  His other pastimes included playing softball, golf and later in life, horseback riding.  He often commented that the beauty of nature is best appreciated while riding a horse. Burl was a perfectionist at everything he began; he always wanted to do it to the best of his abilities. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bobbye Russell Lee; son, Richard Dean Lee and wife Patti of Senoia, Ga.; and dear friends, J.W. Smith Jr. and wife Faye of Natchitoches; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff of Hospice of Natchitoches for allowing Burl to spend his final days at home and especially hospice nurse Melissa Britten and dear friend, Becky Miley, for being available to help with all the day-to-day responsibilities.  Your care for Burl during such a difficult time will always be appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Burl’s name to Natchitoches Humane Society, P. O. Box 7405, Natchitoches, LA  71457 or to Natchitoches Hope for Paws, P.O. Box 2552, Natchitoches, LA 71457.