Donna- Errol Jay Lewis, 73, passed away on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at Solara Hospital in Harlingen. He was born on January 3rd, 1946 to Clark Lewis and Lorena Mullens Lewis in Weslaco, Texas. Errol grew up in Edcouch with two brothers, Arland and Larry, and two sisters, Lorna and Edna. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Airforce where he met his future bride, Barbara Windom, who was also serving U.S. Airforce. They were married on February 1970. They lived in Edcouch, Weslaco, and California before settling in Donna, where they raised their sons, Lance and Scott, and spent the rest of their lives together.
Errol continued his education after he was honorably discharged and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design from Pan American University. He spent his career working in graphic design and was naturally very artistic. He enjoyed drawing and painting. Many will remember Errol from his many years at Veco Printing in Weslaco. He then worked at Fast Signs in McAllen for about ten years until his retirement.
Errol spent a lot of his free time working in the yard and gardening. He enjoyed growing fruits and vegetables and had a natural green thumb. Errol was a craftsman and enjoyed woodworking. He also loved to go fishing and spent many afternoons on the water.
Errol is preceded in death by his parents, Clark and Lorena Lewis.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly fifty years, Barbara, sons, Lance Lewis of Donna, Scott Lewis of Michigan, granddaughters, Devann Lewis and Julie Lewis, grandsons, Jacob and Jonathon Lewis, brothers, Arland Lewis (Grace), Larry Lewis (Ruby), sisters, Lorna Bray (Hubert), and Edna Yarbrough.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 19th, 11 am, at McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. Interment will follow at the Rio Grande Valley State Veteran's Cemetery in Mission, Texas.
I was saddened to learn of Errol's passing. My deepest sympathy goes out to Barbara, children and grandchildren.
I knew Errol beginning in the first grade, and we graduated from EE High together. Errol was one of the best people I have ever known, strong character, someone you could count on. Growing up we fished and camped together. I recall overnight fishing/camping trips to South Padre and Bentsen State Park; many other great memories. The square dances at the Lewis house introduced us to a social life, proper etiquette, and just good times.
Errol and I spoke infrequently after HS, but I always considered him a good friend, and I will miss him.
Good bless you all.
My deepest condolences to Lance, Barbara and Scott, Mr.Lewis was an amazing husband, father and grandfather . He will be deeply missed. We will keep you in our prayers.
TanyaLara-Salinas and Family
My deepest condolences to Lance, Barbara and Scott, Mr. Lewis was a very special man and will be deeply missed. Will keep you all in my prayers.
Tanya Lara-Salinas and Family
My Dear Friend Scott and Family,
My deepest condolences to you and your family upon the passing of your father: Mr. Lewis. I fondly remember; how loving, nurturing and caring he was to all the knuckleheads that showed up to your wonderful home.
He definitely had a green thumb, beautiful plants he cared for in the backyard, it brought so much peace during my tumultuous teen years. But then again, he always made feel welcomed into your home. Coming over to your home, I vividly remember Mr. Lewis riding his lawnmower; a cigarette in one had and his Coors in the other.
I truly believe, I am the father today, because he taught me what a nurturing and loving father is supposed to be. May God’s peace with you and your family.
My thoughts and prayers,
Round Rock, Texas
To the Lewis family: I am so saddened and sorry to hear of Errol Jay's passing. In high school, he was a friend to everyone. I pray that the sadness in your hearts will soon be replaced with all your happy memories.
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