Today, the WJHL family learned of the death of a retired colleague and dear friend.
Robert "Bob" L. Lewis, Jr. passed away last night at an area hospital.
Bob's career here at WJHL began in March 1967, and during his 40 year tenure at the station, Bob played many roles that included cameraman, announcer, morning show anchor, noon anchor and news director.
Josh Smith, WJHL's evening anchor, shared this upon hearing of Bob's passing: "Bob was the heart of this TV station for more than four decades. He hired many of us, shared his coffee with us, and lived life along side us and we are heartbroken he is gone."
Bob retired in October 2007, and not being one to slow down, he got his old band back together. The Bob Lewis Band played at clubs around the Tri-Cities region and entertained at special events.
Born on June 21, 1945, Bob would have turned 67 this Thursday. A resident of Johnson City, he is survived by his wife, Madaline, five children and seven grandchildren. We spoke with Madaline this morning and funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, we will share once finalized.
"Bob Lewis was a news icon in the Tri-Cities region and a strong foundation on which WJHL's rich news legacy was built. We are deeply sadden by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family and friends as they deal with this difficult time," Rob Bunch, Interim General Manager – WJHL.
You can leave your favorite memories of Bob and condolences for his family in the guest book here.
Services for Bob Lewis will be held at Tetrick Funeral Services in the Sunrise Chapel on Friday June 22 at 1 p.m. Visitation is on Thursday, June 21 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Published in Bristol Herald Courier from June 18 to June 20, 2012