He was a member of Charleston First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Gladys Moore Lewis; his parents, the Rev. Lester and Viola Doss Lewis; brothers: Ray and Lavetta Lewis; sister, Ruth Lewis Ashe Franks; granddaughter, Amy Lewis; and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Lewis.
He attended Calhoun Elementary and high school and enjoyed participating in school plays. He was called “Abner” by most of his peers because of a role in a play. He, his father, and siblings sang in local churches until the farm demanded more of his attention. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and great pleasure in a good joke.
He was a farmer and cattle dealer in the Tasso community for 70 years. After his retirement from operating a dairy farm, he continued to grow cattle and feed crops. He studied cattle and could tell within 5 pounds what an animal would weigh on hoof.
On Wednesdays he attended the Sweetwater Livestock Auctions to buy and sell cattle and visit with his farmer friends. He enjoyed growing and selling vegetables which he sold to local stores, at the Farmer’s Market and on his farm.
He was a member of the Farm Bureau and Southeastern Farmer’s Co-op, and became a member of the Bradley County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2003.
He is survived by his sons: Bill Lewis and wife, Norma Jean, Frankie Lewis and Terry Lewis and wife, Cynthia; daughter, Patsy Bettis and husband, Sam; grandchildren: Amanda Graves and husband, Ben, Malissa Blackwell and husband, Jim, Brian Lewis and wife, Shelia, Angela Bogart and husband, John, Alisha Gibson and husband, Tim and Shannon Lunsford and husband, Brad; and great-grandchildren: Nicholas and Travis Blackwell, Benjamin and Sam Graves, Nikki and husband, Jarod Scofield, Nickolas, and Connor Lewis, Devin, Cheyenne, and Amy Gibson and Trinity Lunsford.
A family graveside service was held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery led by Don Akins.
The family to thanks Dr. Azhar Sheikh and Bradley Healthcare and Rehab Center for the kind care.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of the arrangements.