Reverend John Jenkins Lewis, 96, passed away on Feb. 27, 2014, at his residence. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Pastor Homer Reddic and Pastor Houston McLendon officiating. A Wake will be held at 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday March 8, 2014, at McCoy Funeral Home. Graveside services will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene, Texas under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Reverend John Jenkins Riley Lewis was born Sept. 29, 1917. He is the fifth of 13 children born to Frank Lewis and Vinnie Polk. He was educated in Eagletown, Oklahoma. He joined the military in 1942, and earned the rank of Sergeant. Reverend John Lewis surrendered his life to Jesus at the age of nine and was baptized at St. Matthew Baptist Church in Eagletown, Okla. He remained faithful and was called into the ministry July 15, 1952, and attended Inter-Denomination Baptist Seminary School of Divinity in Dallas, Texas and Kern Valley Baptist Institute in Bakersfield, Calif. He served as Pastor of the following churches Second Community Baptist Church in Bakersfield, California, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Henrietta, Texas, New Hope Baptist Church in Vernon, Texas, Macedonia Baptist Church in Quanah, Texas, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Ballinger, Texas and Hopewell Baptist Church in Haskell, Texas. Reverend Lewis was employed at North Plaines Hospital in Borger, Texas, UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles, California, and Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
Reverend Lewis married Verna Workman who preceded him in death. Reverend Lewis married LaVerne Atwell on Nov. 12, 2011. His parents, nine brothers, two sisters, and a step son preceded him in death.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, LaVerne Atwell Lewis of Big Spring, Texas; step son, Keith Atwell of Odessa, Texas; step daughter, Judy Wade of Clovis, New Mexico; three step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; and four step great-great-grandchildren; a step daughter-in-law, Louise Polk; two step granddaughters, Shanine Jackson and Eiko Polk; four step great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Christopher, Taylor, and Chancelor, all reside in Los Angeles, California; and one brother, Luther Lewis and wife Hattie of Kansas City, Missouri; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Darrick L. Lewis, Grant M. Lewis, Gary Grant Lewis, John Wayne Lewis, Gary Lynn Lewis and Keith Atwell.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Luther W. Lewis, Herbert Lewis, Ruben Lewis, Isaiah Lewis, Steven R. Mason and Dennis Lewis.
A special acknowledgement to Crossroads Hospice for their loving care of John and Ken Thomas for his faithful devotion to Bible study with John.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.