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John L. Lewis

July 1, 1953 — December 4, 2020

John L. Lewis, beloved husband, father, Grandad, and friend, went to be with his Lord on Friday, December 4, 2020.  He lived an abundant 67 years of life.

John was born John Llewelyn Lewis on July 1, 1953 in Nuremburg, Germany to parents John and Frances Lewis, while the family was stationed overseas.

John, a proud Razorback, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1975, where he was introduced to his beautiful wife of 45 years, Elna. After meeting on a blind date, John and Elna were so certain of their love and commitment to one another, they were engaged 5 weeks after their first meeting and married 8 months after their engagement.

John proudly served in the United States Army for over 20 years.  He began his career as a Transportation officer; however, upon completing his Masters at Florida Institute of Technology he moved to Procurement and Acquisition Management. John retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. After serving in the military, John spent 20+ years as an executive in defense contracting for various companies in Huntsville, AL.

John was a dedicated member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. He served as senior warden, chairman of the building committee and participated in the church’s mission activities, most recently with First Stop.  John also enjoyed volunteering with various organizations in the Huntsville area including Boy Scouts of America and Habitat for Humanity.

John treasured making travel memories with his wife, found happiness in the outdoors and spent many days boating on the Tennessee River with family/friends.  In most recent years, John’s greatest joy came from his cherished role as Grandad.

In addition to his wife, Elna Lewis, John is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Watson (Jason Watson), Megan Kathleen Wilson (Seager Wilson), two grandchildren, Jenna and Benjamin Watson, sister, Arba Bryant (Robert Bryant) and brother, Bruce Lewis (Rhetta Lewis).

A Memorial service will be celebrated Friday, December 11th at 2:00pm at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church (Madison, AL), the Episcopal Relief & Development fund and/or First Stop (Hunstville, AL) where John was an active volunteer.



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Friday, December 11, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

786 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL 35758

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