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Hattie W. Lee

September 12, 2015
Nags Head -Hattie W. Lee, 89, a long-time resident of the Outer Banks, passed away Saturday, September 12, at Peak Resources- Outer Banks, after a short illness.She lived on the Outer Banks since 1974, and was the former operator of Snug Harbor, a Nags Head, N.C., tourist home. She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, James (Jim) Lee.Her parents were the late Dock and Chessie Windham, of Lynchburg, South Carolina, where she was born. She had 44 cousins in this farming community.

Hattie was first married to Eloy H. Trujillo, with whom she had five children. Surviving are: Pattie Ann Tarpenning (William) and John Eloy Trujillo (Cynthia). Deceased children were Marcus Jon Trujillo (Bucky);  Roy Christopher Trujillo (Kit); and Joel F. Trujillo.  Also surviving are five grandchildren:  Hannah Trujillo, John E. Trujillo, Jr., Honor Tarpenning,  Peter Tarpenning, and Christopher Trujillo (Michelle). There are two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Ashton Trujillo.

As an Air Force wife, Hattie lived in Occupied Japan, Texas, Taiwan, Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia and New York. After moving to Nags Head in 1974, she later married James. E (Jim) Lee, and was co-owner of Jim’s Camera House, where she worked until 1987. A stroke forced her retirement.

Until her stroke, Hattie was an avid surf fisherman, serving a term as the Head Hag of the North Carolina Sea Hags, a woman’s fishing club. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Outer Banks Current, a small newspaper.

Interment of the urn  in South Carolina will take place  at a future date.  Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.