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John E. Lewis
June 17, 1950 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
On Saturday, June 17, 1950, in Bay City, Texas, James and Frankie Lewis welcomed their baby boy, John Edward into the world. John was a fun kid who enjoyed playing baseball, football, as well as volleyball. During the summers it was customary that our parents would take us to pick cotton to help provide for the family as well as purchase our school clothes. Everyone knew that John who we called ‘brother’ was only going to stay in the fields for a short period of time before he decided that he’s had enough and would either walk or catch a ride home. We laugh today reflecting on how our parents would come to pick us up and ask about John… he would already be home waiting for us.
John attended George Washington Carver in Galveston, Texas but decided it would be more advantageous to work and help his dad in the family’s Waste Management Business. Yes, John was a hard worker and spent his life working in the family business.
John was a simple average guy who enjoyed making us laugh and smile. He had such a way with words that it kept us amused. He enjoyed watching westerns and wrestling. It was common
place to hear him brag about being ‘The Heavy Weight Champion of the World’ although he never wrestled a day in his life!
There are so many great memories that we have of John including his love for family, his smile and the way he made us smile, his love for good home cooking including fried chicken, pork chops, and cabbage. He really loved Little Debbie Oatmeal Cakes, bananas, as well as breakfast foods.
John, a son, brother, father, nephew, cousin, uncle, and friend passed away on Friday, October 6, 2023, at home surrounded by his family.
He will be missed deeply by all that knew and loved him including his parents James and Frankie Lewis; his brothers: Joe Andrew Lewis, and Chester Wayne Lewis Sr.; his sisters: Sandra Kay Collins, Ivy Marie Young and Darlene Reddic; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and loved ones.
As we celebrate his life, we reflect on those who went on before him including his daughter: Jessica Baugh, his brothers: James “Big Jack” Lewis Jr., and Cedric “Baddie / Ced” Eugene Lewis.