Lee F. DePriest, a community leader in East St. Louis and a top aide to Mayor Gordon D. Bush, died Tuesday (April 22, 1997) at his home in East St. Louis after a heart attack. He was 72.
Mr. DePriest was one of the mayor's closest advisers; they conferred many times each day. Since 1993, Mr. DePriest also had been director in East St. Louis of the Illinois crime victims' program. Before that, he served eight years as deputy assessor of St. Clair County. He was an East St. Louis precinct committeeman from 1982 to 1986.
He worked for many years as a machinist at the Cerro Copper & Brass Co. in Sauget and served on the board of its credit union.
As head of the East St. Louis Public Library Board, Mr. DePriest recently got approval from the library's board to build a new library. On Wednesday, he was supposed to have gone to Springfield, Ill., to seek a grant to build the library.
He was chairman of the Clyde Jordan Senior Citizens Program and active as a deacon and on several boards at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in East St. …