Joshua Richard “Josh” Lee loved his family with all of his heart. He loved his cross country teammates at the University of South Carolina Upstate equally. Known for his infectious laughter and ability to make a friend out of a stranger, Josh passed away in the early morning hours Sunday following a car accident that claimed the lives of three other USC Upstate students and left one other in stable condition.
“If you knew Josh, you knew love. If you knew my son, you knew laughter,” said Laurie Lee. “Josh loved his family with all his heart and he treasured his teammates as family.”
“He was a proud to be a Spartan,” said his dad, Johnny Lee.
A native of Spartanburg, Josh graduated from Broome High School in 2013 and worked at White’s Pine Street Exxon. He was a junior at USC Upstate where he majored in physical education and served as an orientation leader.
“Josh was the most generous man I ever met in my entire life,” said Sam Cheshier, a soccer player at USC Upstate who also attended Broome High School. “Josh was the most unselfish guy I know.”
Josh is survived by his parents, Laurie and Johnny Lee; a sister, Macy Lee; two grandmothers Josephine Lee and Libby Floyd, three aunts, Tammy Jordan, April Clark and Lisa Davidson. He also is survived by his girlfriend, Courtney Reilly, a soccer player at USC Upstate.
“My brother was my better half. He was the peanut butter to my jelly. He has grown into a very special young man and he made us so proud. I will cherish the memories I had with him forever,” said Macy Lee.
USC Upstate Chancellor Tom Moore said, “There are no words to describe this loss to the USC Upstate family and no way to comfort the grieving families who have lost their loved ones. This tragedy will have tremendous impact on the Upstate community, individually and collectively.”
USC Upstate will hold a candlelight vigil on Monday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the soccer stadium.