LEWIS, Vinel S., Jr., age 86 of Brooksville, died Wed., January 30, 2013 at his home. Born in Tampa, he came here 44 years ago from Miami. He retired after 20 years from Life of Georgia Insurance Company and was district manager in the Virginia, North Carolina, Atlanta and Miami areas and was owner of Lewis Office Supply & Gifts and Wholesale Art Distributors in Brooksville. He was WWII U.S. Navy Veteran and traveled to Washington DC in October 2011 on the Honor Flight for WWII Veterans. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Tampa Consistory, member of Hernando Lodge #97, was an active member of Brooksville Kiwanis, holding many offices during his 45 year membership. Member and past president of the Hernando County Fair Association, former member of Brooksville Golf & Country Club and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; sons and daughter-in-law: Douglas W. Lewis of Daytona, Fla., George, Jr. "Chip" and Billie Doll of Bushnell, Fla., and Kevin Doll of Spring Hill, Fla.; daughters & son-in-law: Regina Lee Storey and Bob Mayer of Duluth, Ga. and Edee Joiner of Lake Panasofkee, Fla.; sister, Shirley Mangione of Tampa, Fla.; 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Visitation for friends will be 3 - 5 p.m., Sat., February 2, 2013 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel where funeral services will begin at 5:00 p.m. with Rev. David Hope officiating. Military honors will be conducted Mon., February 4, 2013 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida Cancer Specialists or Shriners Children's Hospital. Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home Brooksville, Florida (352) 796-6699 www.merrittfuneral.com
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Published in TBO.com on Feb. 1, 2013