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Lee "Omaleah" Perry McClary

June 3, 1928 — April 17, 2020

Mrs. Lee "Omaleah" Perry McClary, age 91, of Franklin, KY, formerly of Falls Church, VA, passed away Friday, April 17th, 2020 at 1:55 AM at The Hopkins Center, in Woodburn, KY.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbert Funeral Home.  There will be a private family visitation at Gilbert Funeral Home in Franklin, KY and she will be laid to rest in Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, VA after a private graveside service.

Lee was born on June 3rd, 1928 to the late Arling McKinley Perry and the late Ollie Hunt Perry.  She is also preceded in death by her husband, Haywood “Mac” McClary and two brothers, Kenneth “Ken” Perry and James “Jim” Perry.

She is survived by two sons, Perry J. Romeo of Franklin, KY and Joseph C. Romeo of Memphis, TN; one sister, Sue Perry Draper of Franklin, KY; five grandchildren, Theresa Lee, David Romeo, Alan Romeo, Anthony “Tony” Romeo and Robert Romeo; three great grandchildren, Michael Lee (5 years old), Catherine Lee (3 years old) and Evelyn Lee (4 months old).

Lee graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School in 1946.  After leaving Franklin, Lee lived in Memphis, TN, Alexandria, VA and Falls Church, VA, before moving back to Franklin in 2012.  She was a member of the Washington Golf & Country Club.  Lee was a realtor in the Washington DC area for over twenty-five years, consistently in the top 1% of realtors in the region.  In 2009, she earned the American Contract Bridge League Life Master Award.  She was known for her southern charm and generosity.  Lee enjoyed vacationing with her family at Ocean City, MD, dancing and playing cards.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy are to be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Kaden Tower, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite#401, Louisville, KY  40205-3284.

Online condolences may be made at and complete obituary may be read and shared on our Facebook page, Gilbert Funeral Home of Franklin, KY.

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