EARLY COUNTY, Ga. (WDHN) — On this day, four years ago, Army Paratrooper and Bluffton, Georgia, native, Weston Lee was killed in Iraq.
Before joining the military, he attended Southwest Georgia Academy.
Although that was years ago, people who knew him say he left a major impact.
“He was such a good student then turned into an amazing young man that loved the lord, loved his family, loved his friends unconditionally, and never asked for anything in return,” close friend, Teresa Tedder said.
Teresa’s daughter, Abby, was one of Weston’s best friends. According to her, he always wanted to join the military, so it was no surprise when he enlisted at a young age.
She called Weston’s desire to serve in the military was inspirational.
“Just an inspiration for kids to see, somebody that you know to see, somebody chase their dreams like that their whole life and come back and support a small community and always do his best to be a part of everything,” close friend, Abby Howard said.
Southwest Georgia Academy Athletic, Director David Byrne said Weston would often encourage his teammates and was a positive force on any group he was in.
According to Byrne, that continued after Weston graduated.
“He came back every year, every summer,” Byrne said. “He was back here in the weight room with the young guys during summer workouts, working out with them. He would do individual stuff with some of the kids. He was just a great guy to have around when he was here.”
Another former teacher said, Weston’s legacy is still has a huge impact on the school today.
She said Weston came home for Christmas months before he died. During that visit, he spoke with her son and encouraged him to chase his dreams no matter what.
“Leaving that impression on the school as a mentor, as someone to look up to as a leader, even to the little kids I think really meant a lot to SGA,” former teacher and friend, Becky Gordon said.