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BuilderID 3596

Builder Identification

Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1967.

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

    Active in Knoxville, Tennessee, 1967; established Lee Organs of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1975; active in 1989.


    • American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO), 1989 membership directory.
    • Music, October, 1967 (American Guild of Organists), 63. [Renamed The American Organist in January, 1969.]
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.


  • Note from the Organ Database Builders Listing editor Stephen Hall, May 5, 2017. -

    Joseph Edwin Lee, Jr.
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    Joseph Edwin Lee, Jr., age 95, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully February 6, 2017, at the Westmoreland Health and Rehabilitation Center [Knoxville, Tennessee]. He was born in Moscow, Idaho and was raised in rural towns of North Dakota and Wisconsin. Joseph attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, graduating in 1944 with a Bachelor of Arts. That same year he was recruited by the Tennessee Eastman Corporation of Knoxville becoming a chemistry major and a physics minor. He moved to Oak Ridge to participate in the secret Manhattan Project of World War II in 1944 as an electrical engineer. Along with his field of science, Joseph was a talented keyboard player of the piano and pipe organ. In the 1960s Mr. Lee began his own successful business, "Lee Organ Inc.", where he built, repaired and tuned hundreds of church organs located in East Tennessee, North and South Carolinas, and Alabama. Joseph Edwin Lee, Jr. was a Charter Member of the American Institute of Organbuilders, and a life long member of the American Guild of Organists, Knoxville Chapter.


    • "Joseph Edwin Lee, Jr." obituary, Knoxville News Sentinel February 19, 2017, Accessed May 5, 2017,

Database Entries

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