William Herbert Lewis, 76, of White House, Tenn., died Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at his home.
Bill was born on February 25, 1936 in Crawfordsville, Indiana, to the late Gerald Lewis and Frances Minnick.
Bill was known as Papu.
Papu was a member of Phillipi Church of Christ Hartsville, Tenn. He served the local Christian community in various capacities throughout his life by serving and assisting those in need. Bill served in the United States Air Force for 22 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1973. He proudly served his country during the Korean War and Vietnam War with the United States Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Lewis of White House, Tenn; a son, Bill Lewis of Tenn.; daughters, Debbie Lewis, Kim Lewis of Dayton Ohio, Mary (Todd) Abrahamson of Grinnell, Iowa, and Virginia (Anothony) Dearth of Huber Heights, Ohio; three stepchildren, Tim Bowers of Plain City, Ohio, Tami Myers of Hilliard, Ohio, and Toni Bowers of Bethpage Tenn; brothers, Terry Parrish of Indiana; Gary Lewis of Crawfordsville, and Gary Parrish of Fort Wayne; numerous nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Norris Blocker; and cousin Paul Vaught of Crawfordsville.
He enjoyed being in the company of his 12 grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren who were the loves of his life.
He was preceded in death by two brothers two sisters; two sisters-in-law; and his mother and father.
Papu enjoyed fishing, traveling, golfing and spending time with his family (especially his grandchildren), and helping others. He will be remembered for being a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather who always put the needs of others before his own. Papu will always be remembered for his honesty, character, and love for his family.
Until we meet again, Papu, thank you for sharing your beautiful soul with us all. You touched our lives in more ways than you could have ever known. You are the bravest man we have ever known. We will hold you in our hearts forever.
Visitation is from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, followed by a 2 p.m. service also at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.haggardandsefton.com .