Dennis Lewis, age 90, passed away in his home surrounded by family on Monday, February 6, 2023 in Summertown, Tennessee.
Dennis was born on June 18, 1932 to the late Herbert and Beatrice Lewis in Hamilton, Ohio.
Dennis was a skilled musician. Any instrument he picked up he excelled at, especially the bass guitar. He channeled this skill into making music with his father and traveled many places to play country western and played for the Radio Ramblers. While playing in the music group with his father, he met his wife and the love of his life, Marjorie Frost. They later went on to marry on July 14, 1951, and then raised 4 wonderful children together.
After his music, he was called to the church. He was first a music director for churches before entering the pulpit. He started preaching in 1953. He then went on to study at Berea College in Kentucky and got his Bachelor’s of Philosophy in 1965. He then went to Andover Newton Theological School and Trinity Theological Seminary where he received his Master’s. Dennis was also a moderator of the Miami Valley Association of Ohio and the Maury County Association of Tennessee. He worked at Evangelist Churches in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and New Hampshire. He also organized several missions for Baptist Churches.
Later down the line, Dennis went on to make gospel music with his family and they would be known as the Reflections, producing a few albums together. Dennis also worked at Fisher Body, Mosler Safe, and Champion Paper Company in Hamilton, Ohio. He also worked for Columbia Machine works for a time as well.
In his free time, Dennis was a Mason at 32 degree level and was a skilled bowler. He also loved his family more than anything and he will be deeply missed.
Dennis is survived by his dedicated wife: Marjorie Lewis; children: Linda Ragsdale, Maynard (Deborah) Lewis, Denise (Jimbo) Thomas , and Melanie (Jamie) Olmstead; grandchildren: Jennifer (Brian) Haley, Robby (Malia) Newkirk, Amberlin “Lewis” Hailey, Adrian (Cynthia) Lewis, Damien Lewis, Jonathan (Lauren) Stewart, Darion (Will) Woodard, Megan (Amos) Wilkinson, and Chelsey (Hunter) LeMay; great grandchildren: David Haley, Crystal Haley, Ainsley Hailey, Teresa Newkirk, Austin Newkirk, Jayden Lewis, Leslie Lewis, Ethan Lewis, Chaslyn Stewart, Paitley Craig, Tessa Stewart, Finleigh Woodard, Cooper Woodard, Nolan Woodard, Makynzie Niehaus, Payton Niehaus, Aislee Wilkinson, Alexia Wilkinson, and Laiklyn Wilkinson.
Dennis is preceded by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Maynard Lewis,Amos Wilkinson, Hunter LeMay, Payton Niehaus, Robby Newkirk, Jonathan Stewart, and Will Woodard.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Jamie Olmstead, Jimbo Thomas, and Brian Haley.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Tiffany Gaines for the care and compassion she showed to Mr. Dennis and his family.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 10, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Williams Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. A service for Dennis will be Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 10 AM with Rev. Ray Watkins officiating at Williams Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. Dennis will be laid to rest at Polk Memorial Mausoleum.
Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be given to the family at williamsfh.com