1931 - 2016 Robert Pete Donald Lewis, 85, LaBelle passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at his residence. Pete was born in Port Acres, Texas on February 15, 1931 to parents Addie Mae (Blanton) and Leon Cole Lewis Sr. He had lived in the LaBelle area for 50 years and was a very active member of LaBelle Baptist Church. He retired from Chevron/Texaco as a Lab Technician after 41 years of employment. Pete was an avid gardener, growing the world's best tomatoes, strawberries and grapefruits. He enjoyed going fishing and playing dominos. Pete was a loving husband, father, brother, papaw, friend and neighbor who will be missed dearly and Pete loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Donald Wade Lewis; his brother, Leon Cole Lewis Jr.; his sisters, Pauline Whiteley, Betty Brown, Helen Taylor. Pete is survived by his wife of 52 years, Geraldine Jeri Lewis of LaBelle; son, Robert Troy Lewis and wife, Amy of Nashville, TN; daughter, Paula Kim Lewis of Bridge City; sister, Ruth Smithheart and husband, Burl of Florida. Also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren, Jera Virtar and husband, Greg, Saylie LeBlanc and husband, Cody, Amy Rae Rogers, Addie Mae Rogers, Taylor Wade Lewis, Robert Cael Lewis; great grandchildren, Greyson Virtar, Ellie LeBlanc, Axel LeBlanc and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5 pm until 8 pm at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 2 pm at the funeral home, with Rev. Sunny Hathaway officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 27, 2016