He was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Benton and was the son of the late Eula Ladell Wright Lewis and John Coocher Lewis. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 41 years, Lorraine Smith Lewis; brother, Bobby Ray Lewis; sister, Loreen Lewis; and an infant brother.
He was a well-known auctioneer and the owner of Lewisco Auction and Realty Company located off of Waterlevel Highway. He held licenses in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Alabama. He attended the Baptist church.
Survivors include his son, John Paul Lewis Jr. and his wife, Kimberly; grandson, Trey Lewis and his wife, Brittney Lawson Lewis; great-granddaughter, McKenley Ann Lewis; brother, Ben E. Lewis and his wife, Linda; sisters: Mable Geraldine Lewis, Bela Lou Roddy and her husband, Greeley, and Charlotte Taylor; his partner and significant other, Nola Field; and several nieces and nephews.
The Remembrance of Life service will be held today, March 2, 2014, at 3 p.m. from the North Ocoee Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Revs. Richard Watson, Carl Caffrey, David Moore, Johnny Hood and Kathy Wilburn officiating.
Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with David Chase, John Paul Lewis III (Trey), Gabe West, Walter West, Roscoe Price, Josh West, John Sanders and Cody Bostic serving as active pallbearers. A dove release will conclude the services.
He requested the following special friends be mentioned as honorary pallbearers: Hoyt and Jo Ownby, Ben Moore, Cotton and Bobbie Shadden, Ron Bird, Raymond “Corn Fed” Eads, Jim Rymer, Paul Craig, the late Bruce Renner, Wade Williams, Kathy Wilburn, the late Homer Dill, Robin Torbett, Amy Pasavant, Ina Trotter, Onecia Longley, Pete and Billie Ann Brumfield, J.C. Ownby, Oscar Foster, John Harden, C.A. Lightfoot, Ted Chase, Anna Clark, Stanley Conner, Wally Cunningham, Paul Isham, Virgil Calfee, J.T. Haun, Ed Lewis, Diana Calfee, Ethel Brown, Jackie Evans and a host of other friends and auction family.
Honorary flower girls will be Sydney and Tara Blackwell.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Phone 1-800-822-6344.
You may share your condolences and your memories with the Lewis family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.