A Beautiful Life
Mrs. Vera Teresa Jennings-Lee—daughter, mother, wife, sister, aunt, friend and public servant-- was born on Saturday, February 17, 1968, in Savannah, GA, to Rev. John and Vivian Jennings. She was the youngest of five daughters and filled any space with her bright personality. She was educated in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System and a proud alumna of Savannah High School (Class of 1986). During high school, Vera was a well-rounded student who was on the cheerleading team and active in various clubs and organizations. To nurture her love of music, she was a member of the girls’ chorus and advanced mixed ensemble. The ultimate “social butterfly,” she was well liked by the student body and was voted Most Spirited and Homecoming Queen. After high school, she matriculated at Georgia Southern University as a Communications major with an emphasis in broadcasting.
Her spiritual foundation formed and secured under the watchful eyes of her parents, Vera accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age and was baptized by her father at First Smyrna Baptist Church. She served faithfully from her youth, through adulthood and up until her transition. She diligently served on various ministries in her church. For example, she served on the usher board, trustee board, youth ministry, custodial ministry, media ministry, and choir ministry. Additionally, she was a member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and sang alto in the Savannah Mass Choir.
For nearly two decades, she was employed by the United States Postal Service. In 2007, she was diagnosed with discoid lupus, yet she continued to deliver her route. Many families that she encountered generously showed their appreciation for their “mail lady” throughout the year. In 2015, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which impacted her ability to continue full time work. She then made the decision to retire and began her “fight.”
This strong woman and prayer warrior never held her head down. Instead, she used her “story” as a teaching tool for others. She educated women about early detection and became a nationwide ambassador for Breast Cancer Awareness. She actively supported The Susan G. Komen Foundation by her annual participation in the Race for the Cure which raised funds for Breast Cancer Awareness, research and more. Among her many noteworthy accomplishments in activism was the creation of The Cancer Survivors Choir. Her vision was to inspire and encourage other cancer fighters and survivors through music. The organization’s annual fundraiser was a concert held to share hope and give tangible assistance to those battling cancer. The choir even featured national recording artist, Dr. Joe Pace, who fell in love with her prized peach cobbler.
Equally important to Vera was her dedication to serving her community. She created an after school program for youth that afforded them an opportunity to come to the church for homework assistance, free school supplies and snacks. She collected toiletries to create “care bags” that she distributed annually to the homeless during the holiday season. Though not feeling her best, this year was no exception. The day after Christmas, she slipped on her Santa hat, packed up her bags and her helpers and made her rounds through “tent city” and at the Salvation Army to deliver her “care bags.”
Unquestionably, besides serving God, the greatest joy of Vera’s life was her beloved daughter, Briyona M. Brack. She was a champion for family and raised her daughter to be God-fearing and to always strive to be her very best. In 2020, Vera married her longtime companion, Wilson Lee Jr. who she often commended for his love and support.
On Saturday, January 1, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Vera answered the Father’s call to rest from labor and entered into eternal rest. She was preceded in death by her parents. Vera leaves to cherish her legacy her longtime companion and husband of two years, Wilson Lee Jr., Hardeeville, SC; her only daughter, Briyona M. Brack, Spartanburg, SC; two step-children, Pamela Lee and Wilson (BJ) Lee III; four sisters, Kathy (Eddie) Morgan, Rincon, GA; Jeanette (Oscar) Lewis, Richmond Hill, GA; Julia (Frank) King, Savannah, GA; and Vianne Jennings, Savannah, GA; an adopted son, D’Antwuan Roper, Brooklyn, NY; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, godchildren and supportive friends.
Public viewing will be held 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 10, 2022 at First Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church, 1509 Burroughs Street, Savannah, GA. 31415. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Temple of Glory Community Church, 1105 Stiles Avenue, Savannah, GA. 31415. Interment ~ Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery, 1336 Dean Forest Road, Savannah, GA. 31405.
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