On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Viola Janett Lee passed away at the age of 91 in her home at Horntown, Oklahoma.
She was born to Luther (Butch) and Hattie Kincade in Hanna, Oklahoma on July 4, 1929. She was the daughter of a farmer and the 9 th of 14 siblings. Vi stated, “We were a big family but we had fun together making up our own games and playing. We had to work in fields hoeing and picking cotton and gathering corn and peanuts.” She also said her first job was chopping cotton for a $1 per day.
Vi attended Moss School where she met W.G. Lee at a class party and was married a few years later in 1951. In 1953 she gave birth to the first of three boys and decided to stay home and raise her family.
In 1967 a decision was made to bring a family store to Horntown where the family could help serve the community while being all together for future years. Lee’s Texaco was born and opened its doors in 1969 and is still in business today. She loved the people in the community and enjoyed visiting with them in the store and listening to their stories. There were many hard times that fell on the area through the years and she and W.G. decided to allow charge accounts at the store so people wouldn’t go hungry during lack of work. She loved to cook so she would always have some stew, beans and cornbread at the store for lunch time and continued this tradition until her health wouldn’t allow a short time ago.
One constant Vi had through the years was her faith in God. She always loved sharing His word with friends, family, and strangers that would stop by the store. Vi was a long time member of Banner Baptist Church in Horntown.
Vi was preceded in death by her parents, Butch and Hattie Kincade; brothers Ermon Kincade, Clyde Kincade, Dennis Kincade, Toots Kincade, Lester Kincade, Dub Kincade, and Alford Kincade; her sisters Leoma Kincade, Lola Martin, Grace Kincade and Catherine Wood; daughter-in-law Linda Lee; and granddaughter Kendall.
She was so proud of her boys and their wives Philip and Kathi Lee of Horntown, Mike and Tammy Lee of Pauls Valley, and Danny and Lisa Lee of Stillwater. She was really proud of all her eight grandchildren and their families: Cory and Sissy of Horntown, Chad and Laura of Horntown, Chris and Mikela of Horntown, Jason and Laura Lee of Pauls Valley, Toni and Chris Scott of Pauls Valley, Brandon and Shauna Lee of Bartlesville, Derek and Rachael Lee of Edmond, Stephanie Lee of Stillwater, Kelli Lowe of Owasso, and Gabe Lowe of Tulsa. Vi is survived by two of her siblings, Rowdy (B.J.) Kincade of Wewoka and Marie Clark of Wichita, Kansas. She also has 12 great grandchildren, Caden, Quenton, Raygan, Rylon, Keagan, Landon, Brody, Gunner, Chase, Wyatt, Luke, and Gauge plus there is one on the way.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, August 29 th , at the First Baptist Church in Holdenville under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville; burial was in the Holdenville Cemetery.