Lee was born and raised on his family farm in Columbia County, where he was taught the value of hard work, the importance of family, and the need for a strong faith and reliance on God. He attended Columbia County public schools, graduating from Harlem High School.  After attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Brewton Parker College, Lee moved back to Grovetown and went to work on the family farm, and through innovation and sharp business principles, Lee still runs that farm full-time as a business today.