Bunnell, Florida
Thursday, October 10, 1946


Colonel J. M. Lee, who served Florida for the past 13 years as state comptroller, died unexpectedly last Sunday at his home in Tallahassee at the age of 65.

An independent thinker, willing to fight for his convictions, Lee had a colorful political career. A native of Irwinville, Ga., he moved his law practice to Avon Park in 1922 where he became city attorney and later was elected to the legislature.

Governor Caldwell expressed keen regret at Lee's death, saying that he first knew him when they were both members of the legislature. He termed him "a splendid public servant and his warm friend, and said Florida had suffered a distinct loss in his passing."

Since Lee's death occurred more than 45 days prior to the general election, nomination of candidates for the office for his unexpired term of two years is left up to the State Democratic Executive Committee.