SHANNON - Joel Layton Lewis, 71 years old, entered the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Brother Joel graduated from Fairmont High School in 1959 and worked 23 years at J.P. Stevens before retiring in 1989. He attended Union Chapel Holiness Methodist Church for several years while he was able. He was preceded in death by his father, Layton Lewis; his mother, Nora Lee Jordan; stepfather, Claude Jordan; sisters, Erlene Lewis and Helen Lockey; and brothers, Eugene Lewis and James Lewis. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Lewis of the home; his only child, Vivian McNeill and son-in-law, N.J. McNeill Jr.; and two granddaughters Kennedy Grace McNeill and Madison Hope McNeill, all of Shannon; four brothers, Wilton G. "W.G." Lewis of Red Springs, and Jimmy Lewis, Milton Lewis and Kenny Lewis, all of Shannon; and a sister, Geraldine Starling of Fayetteville. He will be forever remembered by a host of extended family members, fellow church members and many special friends. His Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Boles Funeral Home in Red Springs, with the Rev. Willie Scott, the Rev. Dewayne Lowery and the Rev. Hedrick Jones officiating. A private funeral service and interment will take place at a later date. Visitation will be at other times at his home or his daughter's home, both in Shannon.