The Cobb County community will bid farewell Friday to former commission chairman Tim Lee, who died Sunday after a cancer diagnosis.
Visitation is planned for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at First United Methodist Church at 56 Whitlock Ave NW in Marietta, the county said. The service will start at 1 p.m. at the church.
A second service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Clarkesville First United Methodist Church at 1087 Washington Street in Clarkesville.
Lee, 62, who negotiated the public-financing deal to get the Atlanta Braves to relocate to Cobb County, died around 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, said family spokeswoman Kelly Brownlow. He had been battling cancer since last year.
Lee was first elected to the county commission in 2002. He took over as county chairman in 2010 and remained in the position until he was voted out in 2016.
While he orchestrated the deal to bring the Braves to Cobb, he was not in office there when the team began playing at SunTrust Park. Mike Boyce defeated Lee as chairman in what was seen as a litmus test for support of the deal to bring the Braves to Cobb, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time.
In 2017, following his electoral defeat in Cobb, Lee took a job as the director of economic development in Habersham County. Flags at county-run buildings will fly at half-staff through Lee’s burial.
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