Pillar of the community dies of COVID-19

The Rev. Anthony Lee, right, husband to First Lady Earline Lee, left and father of four, died on Jan. 4 of complications from COVID-19. (Courtesy Photo)

By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. Editor

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the world, many people run to their church leaders for comfort. However one pillar in Prince George’s County’s faith, athletic and service communities has died of complications from the novel coronavirus, leaving congregants, members of organizations and former students coping.  The Rev. Anthony “Tony” Lee, senior pastor of Pillar of Truth Bible Church in Capitol Heights, died on Jan. 4 after complications from COVID-19.

Lee’s last Facebook post, on Dec. 12 asked for prayers for all during these challenging times.

“Please pray for us and for one another that we may be healed,” he wrote.  The effectual fervent prayers of the righteous avails much!!”

The Rev. Anthony Lee, Pastor of Pillar of Truth Bible Church, died on Jan. 4 of complications from COVID-19. (Courtesy Photo)

As a Senior Pastor, the immediate past Basileus of the Gamma Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in Prince George’s County and with about three decades serving as a volunteer football coach, Lee had a major impact on many lives in his time on earth.  Working all throughout the D.M.V., Lee coached high school students at Ballou (1991-1993), Cardozo (1993-1998) and Paul Laurence Dunbar (2002-2012) in D.C., T.C. Williams (1998-2002) in Virginia and Oxon Hill (2012-2017) in Maryland.  Further, Lee served as a board member for the National Endowment for the Christian Arts and was president of Toastmaster International, according to a GoFundMe created for the Pastor’s family.


In conjunction with all his contributions to the community and ministry, what was most noted in a brief reflection on Lee’s life, shortly before his passing, was his contribution to his family.  “He is a great husband to Sister Earline Lee and a tremendous father to four beautiful girls,” according to GoFundMe.

Lee died on Jan. 4.  He leaves to mourn his wife and daughters Nisha, Ayanna, Aleah and Tiara.

One of Lee’s Facebook friends wrote on his final post, “My heart is hurting.  I’m going to miss you, Tony.”