James B. Bee
James Burlene Bee, 81, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past four years, a former resident of The Villages for 19 years as well as Akron, OH, passed away Friday, July 20, 2018 in Cape Coral. He was born April 11, 1937 in Akron, OH.
James,” Jim” enlisted in the Army Reserve his Senior year of H.S. and after graduating he enlisted in the Army, served 1 year and then after an Honorable Discharge enlisted in the Navy. His first year in the Navy he attended Radarman Class “A” Service School and after completing he served 2 years on the ship, “USS SKYWATCHER” as a Radar man, then transferred to the Naval Reserves for 3 years and then was Honorably Discharged in 1962. Upon returning to “civilian” life he worked as a TV repairman & shortly after he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a truck driver. His family life he was always making improvements to his family’s homes. In his spare time, he liked to put together model ships and airplanes. He also continued playing basketball, like his previous years in H.S. and the Navy. After retiring early from truck driving, he & his son, Scott, flipped houses for many years. Jim and his beloved wife finally fully retired moving to the Villages, FL, playing golf together and taking cruises around the World. Their last cruise they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii. He loved playing cards with his family. Jim loved telling jokes and finding humor in almost everything and keeping on the lighter positive side of life saying, “It’s all going to work out! “He will be remembered by his family & friends as a very GIVING, humorous and positive man. He will be deeply missed and cherished for all the great times together. He will be eternally LOVED until we all are together again, in God’s Loving Arms.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Myrna Bee of Cape Coral; loving mother, Lois Bailey of Cape Coral; loving daughter, Pamela Bee of Clermont, FL; granddaughter, Jessica Bee-Willis of Clermont, Fl; brother, Eugene Bee (Shirley) of Cape Coral; sister-in-law, Ailene Pearce (Chris) of Zebulon, NC; brother-in-law Eddie McQuain (Irene) of Charlotte, NC; Step-sister, Janelle Hood (Terry) of Wadsworth, OH; five nephews, Bret Bee (Patti) of Akron, OH ; Eric Bee (Missy) of Clinton, OH; Tim McQuain, Mike McQuain both of Charlotte, NC; Larry Towsley of Titusville, FL; three nieces Diana Meany of Hendersonville, NC; Beth Fish of Charlotte, NC; Becky Kilpatrick (Devin) of Ft. Collins, CO; as well as Precious, the dog.
James was preceded in death by his son, Scott Bee; his father, Clarence Melvin Bee; his sister, Rita Bee, as well as a niece, Denise Kaltz.
Private family services will be held, followed by a Celebration of his Life.
Memorial Contributions in memory of James Burlene Bee are suggested to The Wounded Warrior Project: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.