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Friends, family share memories of Harrison Central QB Jeremy Lee

SUN HERALD FILE/2001 
 D'Iberville Kris Arnold (45) tries to block the pass of Harrison Central quarterback (15) Jeremy Lee as he passes to a receiver in the first half of play at D'Iberville. Lee died last week of a heart attack. His funeral is Saturday.
SUN HERALD FILE/2001 D'Iberville Kris Arnold (45) tries to block the pass of Harrison Central quarterback (15) Jeremy Lee as he passes to a receiver in the first half of play at D'Iberville. Lee died last week of a heart attack. His funeral is Saturday.

Former Harrison Central quarterback Jeremy Lee is remembered for his kindness and loyalty.

Funeral services for Lee will be at 1 p.m. today at the chapel of Riemann Family Funeral home in Gulfport. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lee died of a heart attack on Jan. 28 at the age of 31. He is survived by his parents, Deborah Lee Sanders and Rodney Ausmer, 4-year-old daughter, Kenley Grace Dixon; and sisters Helena Ausmer, Jayna Kelley, and Jerrica Lee.

Lee's mother was stunned at the high volume of calls she received this week.

"I've had so many people calling me since Jeremy died," she said. "I had no idea he was remembered so fondly. The people who called said he impacted so many people."

Lee developed into a college football prospect during his senior season in 2001. He completed 141 of 265 passes for 2,265 yards and 17 touchdowns, earning Sun Herald All-South Mississippi honors.

The 6-foot-2 Lee signed with Jackson State in 2002, but he never played for the Tigers.

Lee also was a reserve on Harrison Central's basketball team that reached the 5A finals in 2002.

Harrison Central football assistant coach Jor'Dan Beard was a close friend of Lee's. They were one of the Coast's top pass-and-catch combinations in 2001. Beard caught 51 passes for 758 yards and four touchdowns as a senior.

"Jeremy's death is a big loss for his mother, me, his family and friends," Beard said. "Jeremy never had a problem with anybody. He touched a lot of people. Whenever you tried to bring Jeremy down, he always rose to the occasion. He was a good person."

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