Warriner C. "Rebel" Lewis, 82, of 4145 Route 646, Cyclone, passed away Thursday (Feb. 14, 2013) at his residence.
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Born on Aug. 7, 1930, Crewe, Va., he was a son of the late Thorton and Lois Harper Lewis. On Feb. 2, 1962, in Limestone, N.Y., he married Ardis M. Niver Lewis, who survives.
He was a 1948 graduate of Crewe High School. He was a member of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred American Legion and loved hunting, fishing, gardening and partying in his pavilion with his family, friends and neighbors.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he began painting in Crewe, then came to Cyclone in 1963 and worked as a union painter for Mike Anderson, Ira Smades and Ken Schaming. He was also a past game warden for the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Joe Blair of Wellsville, N.Y., and Jeff (Trudi) Blair of Smethport; a sister, Marie Dunavant in Virginia; a brother, Thorton Lewis Jr. in California; seven grandchildren, Rob (Amanda) Blair, Dan Blair, Allie Blair, Chris (Victoria) Blair, Kelly Williams, Jennifer Blair and Tim Blair; two great-grandchildren, Gavin Blair and Mason Blair; and several nieces and nephews, including Bobby Zava.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Edward H. Lewis, who died Aug. 3, 2002; one sister, Elsie Pennington; and one brother, Edward Lewis.
Family will be receiving friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Hilltop Baptist Church, where funeral and committal services will follow with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Hilltop Baptist Church; or the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 15 to Feb. 21, 2013