Wilbur Leigh Lewis, Sr.
October 8, 1922 – February 18, 2017
Wilbur Leigh Lewis, Sr., left his temporary earthly home at his home, February 18, 2017 at the age of 94. He was born to William Earnest Lewis and Lydia Midyette on October 8, 1922. He married Edna Marie Williams February 25, 1944, who predeceased him after 67 years of marriage on October 28, 2011.
Their union produced seven children, Dean Russell, Cecil Lamar, deceased, April 15, 2004, William Hubert, Sr., Ronnie Vale, Edna Merita, Wilbur Leigh, Jr., Austin Ray, Sr., five daughters in-laws, Faye, Ann, Nancy, Janet, Tracy and one son in-law, David Spencer. Thirteen grandchildren of which he was Papa, Big Papa and Grand-daddy, Kim Hicks and Seth, Susan Williams and Jason, Jody Lewis and Hollie, Denise Cox and Eugene, Hubert Lewis, Jr., and Crystal, Rhonda Topping and James, Dawn Lewis, Brandon Lewis and fiancée Samantha, Corey Spencer and Sara, Ray, Jr., Jacob and Crystal, Alex and Taylor; seventeen great grandchildren, Tiernan Grace Hicks, Scarlette Miranda, Holden Reese, Lilah Gray Williams, Joseph Cicotti, Cailin Elizabeth Lewis, Elisabeth Anne Writtenberry, Travis Eugene, Emily Rose Cox, Kyleigh Danielle, Ethan Cole, Adam Tyler, Ronnie Malachi Topping, Ella Marie and Brantley Ryan.
He is a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and the Masonic Lodge #328. He was predeceased by all his siblings, William Preston, Alma Marie Lewis Williams, Erdis Leon, John Leslie, Erma-Dell Lewis Spencer and an infant sister.
After not qualifying for the military thru the draft board he signed on in February 1941 with the CC Camp Troop #242 at New Holland. After the disbandment from the CCC in June 1942 he had various truck driving jobs. From 1968 thru 1984, he worked and retired from the North Carolina Forest Service. He then started his own Lewis small engine repair business. In 1989 he was among others recognized by them Gov. Jim Martin as volunteer of the year.
He with others were instrumental in raising funds for the Hyde County Senior Center and getting Hyde County set up to receive the meals on wheels for our seniors, shut ins and disabled citizens. Special heartfelt thanks to his caregivers Lola Jones and Beulah Spencer.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the family plot in Fulford Cemetery. Steve Bryan and Steven Mills will officiate.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter and other times at the home place on 6320 North Lake Road, Fairfield.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Hyde County Senior Center, 160 Juniper Bay Road, Swan Quarter, NC 27885 or charity of choice.
Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.
Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter
Monday February 20th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
119 Main Street
Swan Quarter, NC 27885
Tuesday February 21st, 2017
13308 North Lake Road
Engelhard, NC 27824
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My dad, A.F. Ballance. was a first cousin of Wilbur. Every visit to N.C., dad always stopped in for a visit with Wilbur. What good times they had laughing and talking about old times! To his family, we know you will miss him greatly.What a great day when we are all together again in Heaven with Jesus. God bless you all.
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Submitted by Donna Neale on Mar 21 2017 02:56:59 PM
Sorry for your loss, Denise and family
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Please allow me to offer my condolences to the family with these comforting words based on Revelation 21:3-5: " Look! The tent of God is with mankind...and God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Write, for these words are faithful and true." I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God's Word the Bible comfort all of you during this painful time.
Submitted by Ellie on Mar 1 2017 09:55:59 AM
I am sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.
Submitted by Barbara Deese on Feb 21 2017 10:13:36 AM
My dad, Ronald Brickhouse, worked with Mr. Wilbur Lewis with the Forestry Service. As a child, I remember him greatly. He was a hard worker who loved his family greatly. Our hearts go out to you, his family. Sending prayers that your strength will continue in the following days. Ronald and Patricia Brickhouse, Kim (Brickhouse) Davenport and Rhoda (Brickhouse) Cooper
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