James Lee Malone, 64, of Ludowici, Georgia, passed away Sept. 24, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation was Saturday, Oct. 5, at Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home in Hinesville, Georgia. Services followed at the funeral home with Jack Baize officiating.

James Lee was born Feb. 20, 1955, in Columbia, the son of James Otis Malone and Selma Lou Roberts, who preceded him in death. He attended New Franklin High School. Formally, he lived in the Columbia area for the greater part of his life. He worked with his lifelong buddy, Jim Mullins, who preceded him in death, doing auto body repair. James Lee moved to Hinesville, Georgia, in 1993. He owned and operated Malones Autobody, which was a lifelong dream. He spent his last 13 years with the love of his life, Biggi Shurling.

James Lee enjoyed music from an early age. He traveled with Hank Williams Jr. for about a year doing what he loved. He enjoyed playing the drums and singing for multiple bands, including River Bottom Band, Hazard County, Dessert Creek, Kickin Up Dust and several others. His most recent band, Kickin Up Dust, held many benefits for friends, family and veterans who were in need; that showed the kind of love that he wanted to spread around. He shared his love for music by playing and hosting events, fundraisers and benefits to help those in need, whom he loved. James Lee possessed a gracious heart full of compassion and was loved by many as a result.

Survivors include his love, Biggi Shurling; six children, Becky James (Mark) of Columbia, Gene Malone (Dawn) of Harrisburg, James Lee Malone Jr. (Jenny) of Midway, Georgia, Angela Malone of Columbia, Jewelya Anderson of Columbia and Jamie Malone of Columbia; six stepchildren, Michael Shurling (Lisa), Matthew Stewart (Sammi), Shelly Jackson, Megan Stewart, Marcie Stewart and Markie Peoples; 38 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Shari Monkiewicz of Concord, California; nephew Chris Monkiewicz (Stephanie) of Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey, and niece Bri Monkiewicz of Sacramento, California; sister Marla Reasons (Darren) of Harrisburg, nephew Cameron Reasons (Ashlynne) of Sturgeon, nieces Brittany Reasons and Madison Reasons both of Columbia; and uncle Walter Roberts (Annette) of Metter, Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Otis Malone and Selma Lou Roberts; his maternal grandparents, Georgia Lee Roberts and Ellis Anderson Roberts; his paternal grandparents, Eula Mae Bennett and William James Bennett; three aunts; and one uncle.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date in Hinesville, Georgia, and Columbia.

As we loved you, so we miss you; in our memory, you are near. Loved, remembered, longed for always, bringing many a silent tear.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” - Psalm 119:105.