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Celebration of Life Service Held for Musician and Band Leader, Kenny Lee

A Celebration of Life Service was held for Kenny Lee on Friday, November 11, 2022, at Trinity United Methodist Church in White Plains, New York. Kenny passed away on November 4, 2022.


Kenny Lee was born on July 22, 1938, in White Plains, New York to the late Willie A. and Mildred B. Lee. He was educated in the White Plains Public School System. Kenny’s musical aspirations were evident at an early age. He played the trumpet in the White Plains Elementary and High School jazz and marching bands. Kenny received his first trumpet lesson from his father who also played the trumpet. Upon graduating from White Plains High School, Kenny joined the United States Marine Corp. He played in the United States Marine Born Band four years. Kenny was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp at the rank of Sergeant E.

Subsequently, Kenny spent twenty-two years at the White Plains Police Department. He retired as a Detective, 1st Grade. He continued his career in law enforcement as a criminal investigator for the Bank of New York. He retired after seventeen years as the Regional Security Director of the Bank of New York.

During this period of time, Kenny continued to play the trumpet. He studied the trumpet at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in White Plains.

Kenny gained the respect of jazz musicians throughout the Westchester, Connecticut, and New York areas. He had the pleasure of playing with numerous professional musicians. Kenny performed all over the tristate area with his band, “The Kenny Lee Allstars.”

Kenny has been a dedicated member of Trinity United Methodist Church. At a very early age, he attended the Second methodist Church, located on Mott Street in White Plains, with his parents and siblings, Billy, (deceased), Richard, Stewart, Barbara Ann, and Ronnie. Kenny served as an usher at Second Methodist Church. When Second Methodist Church relocated on South Lexington Avenue as Trinity Methodist Church, Kenny continued to serve. He was a trustee for many years and was faithful member of the Unite Methodist Men. As a Minister of Music, Kenny blessed Trinity with numerous gospel selections, his love and passion for gospel music was evident.

Kenny and his wife of forty-seven years, Gail, have three sons, Kenny, Jr., Rick and Donell, a devoted daughter-in-law, Tracey, two grandchildren, Donell, Jr. and Taylor, and a host of family and friends.

Kenny’s abiding faith in God sustained him. He recognized that through God all things are possible.


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