The Bull Lee Memorial Chapel at Dillon Christian School will be dedicated on Friday, August 20th at 6:15 p.m., according to Headmaster John Davis.
One of the things Lee will be remembered for is using football as a means to influence the next generation for Christ by not only teaching the boys how to play but how to live. This is one of the reasons that the chapel was thought to be a fitting memorial.
The desire for the Bull Lee Chapel is for all teams, classes, and organizations at Dillon Christian School to use it as a place of worship and celebration for all that the Lord has done. It is hoped that it will be a place to disciple students and lead them to eternal victory in Jesus.
The school raised about $55,000 for supplies, etc. to build the chapel, Davis said. He said a significant amount of the labor to build the chapel has been donated.
Davis said, “We are blessed to honor Coach Lee for his tremendous influence on the lives of many through the building of the chapel.”
About Marion Walter “Bull” Lee…
Marion Walter “Bull” Lee was a 1951 graduate of McCleneghan High School where he was an All-State Lineman in 1949 and 1950 and captain of the State Championship football team.
He was a two-year letterman at the University of South Carolina in 1951-52 after which he served during the Korean Conflict with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Lee was a graduate of Newberry College where he was voted All-State, All Big Three Player and Lineman of the Year as a junior. As a senior, he was voted All Big Three, All-State, and Lineman of the Year. He was a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and was an inductee in the Newberry Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Fame. Lee was a board member of the South Carolina and Pee Dee Board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Lee was Camp Pine Hill Director for seventeen years.
Lee coached at Dillon High School beginning in 1958 and was Dillon High School (DHS) head coach in 1960 and 1961. He coached at DHS until 1975. Lee also coached at J.V. Martin Junior High (1975-1982), Pee Dee Academy (1986), Saluda High School (1964-1969). Lee last coached at Dillon Christian School (DCS) from 2003-2008. When he was serving as an assistant coach in 2008, the Warriors won its first football state championship. Lee was often referred to as Papa Bull by the DCS student athletes.
Lee was a member of Dillon First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher. Lee died at the age of 76 in February 2009.