John R. Lewis Jr.

John R. Lewis Jr., 80, of Knoxville, died Aug. 11. after a short illness.
He was born in Eagan on April 24, 1932. He was one of four babies born, two boys and two girls. They were named John, Joe, Jean and Jane. Jane died shortly after she was born, Joe died May 4, 1932, and Jean on June 10, 1932.
He attended school in Primroy, Eagan, and then in Jellico where his family moved after his father died in 1942. He graduated from Jellico High School in 1950. He served in the Navy in the early 1950s. He then was a painter by trade in Ohio, Tennessee and Florida. His vegetable garden every summer was his pride and joy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. and Lula McFarland Lewis; wife, Loneva Miller Lewis; brothers, Thomas, Paul, Billy Wade, Joe and Jimmy Ray 'Max'; sisters, Mabel, Faye, Bea, Jane, Jean and baby sister Peggy Lou.
He is survived by his daughters, Lee Ann and Robin; sister, Dean Church, of Marion, Ill.; special niece, Melinda Oaks and her children Trinity Oaks, Roberta Oaks and Calvin Chambers; nephews, Danny Oaks and wife, Lisa, and their children Devin Oaks, Mallory, and Josh Sharp and son Laudry, Ronnie Lewis and children, Michael David, Dangie, Ronnie and Stephanie Lewis; along with a host of family and friends to mourn his passing.
Funeral services were held Aug. 14 with the Rev. Durand Dixon officiating. Burial was in the Jellico Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Honor Guard.
Harp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published in LaFollette Press on Aug. 16, 2012