James Garry (“Butch”) Lewis

by Lynn McMillen
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James "Butch" Garry Lewis James Garry (“Butch”) Lewis, age 73, passed away on Monday, January 16th in Huntsville Hospital, with family by his side.

A 1967 graduate of Lawrence County High School, he was more commonly known as Gary to his classmates and the staff at Ethridge Elementary and LCHS.  He was also known as “Butch” to family and close friends.  A sports-enthusiast, he played baseball and basketball with friends in his youth, but excelled in tennis as an adult, championing many recreational league tournaments.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents and their siblings, but is survived by a sister, Joan Johnson, of Huntsville, AL, and brothers Joe (“Bo”) Lewis (Nancy Ward) of Covington, TN, and Rick Lewis (Elizabeth), of Twinsburg, OH.

He was admired by nephew Dan Lewis (Belinda) of Hendersonville, TN, and adored by three neices- Laura Lewis of Lawrenceburg, TN, Margie Lewis of Streetsboro, OH, and Monica (Monnie) McBride of Windham, OH.  Numerous cousins also survive in the extended family.  He was also the grand-uncle to four (Erik, Penny, Flint and Jesse), and step-grandfather to three.

Butch always loved a good joke or prank, having a favorite punch-line- “What’s time to a pig?”.  Listening to music was also a favorite pastime, and Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” was, however appropriately, the last song he requested-  played at full volume.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.  Memories and condolences can be shared at www.berryhillfh.com.

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