Mrs. Crystal Marie Brantley Lee, 41, of Kite, went to be with her Lord Saturday, October, 2, 2021, at Piedmont Macon North Hospital of complications from COVID-19. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 6, at 11 a.m. at Kite First Baptist Church with Dr. Tom Akins and Reverend Randy Walden officiating. Interment followed in Kite City Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 5, at Chapman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Walter Drew, Brian Kirby, Danny Fortner, Todd Fortner, Michael Lee, Donald Peebles, Scott Widner, and Tad Widner.
Crystal was born March 20, 1980, to Celia Mathis and the late Ronnie Brantley, and Omer Mathis. She was a graduate of Swainsboro High School and continued her education at Southeastern Technical College, Heart of Georgia Technical College, and Oconee Fall Line Technical College earning degrees in accounting and radiology technology. At the time of her death, Crystal was employed as a radiology technician with Mobile Imaging. She loved her patients and never met a stranger, even as a child. She was a compassionate and loving person to her patients, family, and friends, and was always willing to help others. One example of her love for others was the memory bears she hand stitched for others to ease their pain during the loss of a loved one. This loving wife and mother enjoyed planning vacations, mostly at the beach, for her family, and planning early for Christmas - one of her favorite holidays. If there were a special event in Kite, Crystal was there to capture it in photos, especially activities of the Kite Volunteer Fire Department and the Kite Founders Day Celebration. She was an integral part of all the festivities of Kite. Shopping for antiques, shopping on Amazon, and dressing up for Halloween were some of her favorite hobbies. Crystal was well known for her cooking, especially her sweet potato souffle. In addition to her homemaking skills of cooking and sewing, Crystal had earned the rank of Black Belt in Taekwondo. Mrs. Lee is preceded in death by her daddies, Ronnie Brantley and Omer Mathis; maternal grandparents, Kathleen and Thurman Walden; paternal grandparents, Wynie Bishop and S.L. Brantley; maternal great-grandparents, Lucy and Macon Walden and Ruth and Thomas Linnenkohl; and paternal great-grandparents, Pearl and Loren Bishop.
Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Jason Lee; teenaged sons, Blake Lee and Jaxson Lee; mother, Celia Mathis; sisters, Jenny Mullis (Darrell), Rebecca Brantley, and Tina Phillips (Tony); mother and father-in-law, Deborah and Jerry Lee; sisters-in-law, Melissa Kirby (Brian) and Michele Lee (Darrell Caraway); brother-in-law, Michael Lee (Jana); several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.