Jackson Lee Amason Jr.
Born Jackson Lee Amason, Jr. on May 30, 1960, Lee was the oldest of five children. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, until age 10, then moved to Valona, Georgia, where he worked in the family-owned seafood business.
As crab fishermen working from a plywood boat after school, Lee and his brother Allen were recognized as the youngest commercial fisherman in Georgia at the age of 11 and 9. Lee and his brothers also spent many summers with their grandparents at the Atlanta Yacht Club on Lake Allatoona, in north Georgia.
Lee attended Glynn Academy High School (‘78), where he was one of the fastest on the Track and Field Team. He also had a passion for music, and played bass guitar, with several bands including “High Tide,” and the Jazz Band “Showroom Finish,” which won the state high school talent competition for 1978. He went on to study at Valdosta State College where he majored in pre-med and then to the Medical College of Georgia where he obtained his Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry.
Lee practiced dentistry for 34 years in Kennesaw, Georgia. He also volunteered as a dentist with Good Samaritan in Austell, Georgia. Whether he was at work, a wedding, or a funeral, he could always be seen in his red Converse high-tops, smiling, and lightening the mood.
Lee was a free spirit that loved the outdoors. Aside from playing bass guitar, his favorite pastimes were walking, biking, boating, snow skiing, and rock climbing. He spent most of his time in the company of his wife, Tia, and their dog, Cabe. Lee loved to trade jokes and stories over a cold beer.
Lee is survived by his wife of 30 years, Tia Lin Amason; son, Charlee Morgan Amason; mother, Virginia Chase Kelly (Pat); step-mother Vivian Amason; brothers, Allen Amason, Andy Amason (Carole), Matthew Amason (Erica); and sister, Bitsy Amason Bernat (Kurt); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his stepson, Del Ray Hough; father, Jackson Lee Amason, Sr.; sister-in-law Margaret (Cricket) Amason; maternal grandparents, Charlie and Bitsy Chase; and paternal grandparents, Guy and Shirley Amason.
Lee was loved by his family, friends, and patients, and he will be dearly missed. Due to the pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.