By Kristin Finney
While Lee Williams might not be considered one of the older residents in Madison, his memory of Madison County is extensive and his love for this county is strong. Williams was born and raised in Madison: more specifically Lee (people called him “Lee from Lee”), until 14 years ago when he moved to Cherry Lake. His entire life has been spent in Madison County.
Williams attended school in lee and remembers spending his afternoons after school got out going to see movies at Woodman’s and Swans Theatre as well as the drive in that used to be beside Yellow Pine Subdivision.
Another memory that he has is of all the stores that used to inhabit Madison, such as Pick-n-Save, Setzers and many others. “There used to be a lot of stores here that aren’t here anymore,” said Williams. He also recalls when gas was 79 cents per gallon, milk was 99 cents per gallon and you could buy three loaves of bread for one dollar.
He recalls spending a lot of time fishing down on the river when he was younger. “You can’t do that now though, because so many people have bought all the land along the river,” he explained. Blue Springs was another spot that he and his friends spent a lot of time.
“Things have changed a lot over the years. It is really different than it used to be,” he said.
As for jobs, Williams worked at Ken’s BBQ as a cook for five years and worked for Clover Farm for 24 years.
Williams’ grandfather was a Baptist preacher. His father ran for Mayor of Lee. His wife, Teresa, works at the Madison County Extension Office and the Recycle Center out on Rocky Ford. They have been together for 24 years. He has two sons, one is 21 and attending the police academy, the other is 16 and plays varsity Cowboy football at Madison County High School.
Anyone interested in being interviewed for this article can call 973-4141 and make an appointment with Kristin Finney, or may drop by Greene Publishing, Inc. any day before noon. Those interviewed must have lived in Madison for a large portion of their life, and be able to recall a few things that have changed since that time.