Lee, 49, is a life-long resident of Jacksonville. He is the son of Otis Patterson and the late Martha Reaves Patterson. He is married to the former Susan Hay, daughter of Brice and Jane Hay. Susan teaches 6th grade at Kitty Stone Elementary School where she has taught for 21 years.
Lee and Susan have 3 children - Morgan, Mallory, and Benjamin. Morgan attends Jacksonville State University as an English major. She is also very involved in the drama department. Mallory and Benjamin attend Jacksonville High School where Mallory plays volleyball and Benjamin plays football.
Lee supports the athletic program at JHS by being a member of the J Club. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville where he serves as a deacon and sings on the praise team. He has been employed by United Parcel Service for 30 years where he delivered to JSU for approximately 20 years. He has been delivering in the Jacksonville, Piedmont, and Pleasant Valley areas for a total of 28 years.
He enjoys working for such a sound company that allows him to serve in his home community. He has an Alabama home builders license and has been building and remodeling houses for over 10 years. He is a member of the Calhoun County Home Builders Association.
Lee began to feel a call to become involved in public service after 9/11. He feels a desire to give back to the community that has given so much to him and his family. He wants to build on what the current commissioner has accomplished in the last three terms. He plans to work closely with the school systems in District 5 in order to continue supporting the needs of each school. He seeks to work with various organizations and municipalities to best meet the needs of the people in District 5.