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DeSoto County Supervisor Lee dies in ATV accident on his birthday

HERNANDO — DeSoto County Supervisor Harvey Wayne Lee has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident south of Hernando, Mississippi.

County Coroner Jeff Pounders said the accident occurred last night on a county road. Pounders said the 54-year-old Lee was transported the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, where he died.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Dick Hackett said the accident was reported about 8:45 p.m.

“The accident happened on Robertson Gin Road,” Hackett said. “We don’t know if he was riding on the road at the time or exactly what happened. The call came into dispatchers at approximately 8:45 p.m. He apparently lost control of the ATV. We learned shortly after the accident occurred that a deputy on the scene identified him as Mr. Lee.”

The accident is being investigated.

“Harvey was a leader of the community and such a valuable member of our board,” said Supervisor Lee Caldwell of Nesbit, board president. “He turned 54 on Tuesday. It was his birthday.”

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Lee, the son of longtime Hernando barber Wayne Lee and the brother of former Jerry Lee Lewis bodyguard and local barber and auctioneer Michael Lee, was first elected in 2011, after defeating longtime supervisor Tommy Lewis. He represented the city of Hernando and the communities of Lewisburg and Love on the board.

Lee was a longtime Baptist Memorial Hospital employee.

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