He was born July 27, 1921, in Leslie County. Mr. Lewis was a World War II veteran and a disabled coal miner for Blue Diamond Coal Company. He was the owner and operator of The Lewis Mountain Museum and was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonel. He served for many years as a Kentucky Farm Bureau Board Member. Mr. Lewis was also an active member of the Pine Mountain Church of God, a well-known gardener and was known also as Santa Clause.
Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lorene Lewis; his parents: Elhannon and Phronia Lewis; three brothers: Arch, Chad, Charlie and Horace; one sister, Grace; and one son-in-law, Carlyle Shepherd.
Mr. Lewis is survived by eight children: Bernice Reynolds and husband, Elmer, of Harlan; Betty Jo Shepherd, of Harlan; Julian Lewis and wife, Joanna, of Rutledge, Ga.; Barbara Parker and husband, Ronnie, of Evarts; Brenda McKenzie and husband, Jim, of Harlan; Bonnie Huff and husband, Roy Lee, of Harlan; Billie Hood and husband, Mike, of Lenore, NC; Bobby Lewis, of Harlan; three brothers: Covy, Daniel and Hobert; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends also survive.
Visitation will be held from Tuesday, May 29, 2007 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the chapel of Mount Pleasant Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Mr. Lewis will be conducted Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 1 p.m. at the Pine Mountain Church of God with the Rev. Kermit Creech officiating.
Burial will follow in the Big Laurel Cemetery in Big Laurel.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Mount Pleasant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.