Jay Hugh Lewis, 84, a lifelong resident of Beverly, passed from this life, early Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2012, in Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center.
He was born Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1928, at Beverly, a son of the late George Ernest Lewis and Virgie Belle Chenoweth Lewis.
On May 19, 1951, he was married to Ressie Darlene Kyle Lewis, who preceded him in death Nov. 2, 2012.
Jay is survived by nine children, the Rev. Donald G. Lewis and wife, Rita, of Kentucky, Mary Leanette Cook and husband, Jim, of Elkins, Robert Jay Lewis and wife, Becky, of Beverly, the Rev. Terry Keith Lewis and wife, the Rev. Debbie Lewis, of Arnold, Md., Jerry Floyd Lewis of Beverly, Brenda Lea Tackett and husband, Rick, of Mill Creek, Mark Allan Lewis and wife, Tamara, of Elkins, Patricia Arlene Loftin and husband, Jeff, of Elkins and Sarah Nicole Haden and husband, Greg, of Huttonsville; four sisters, Thelma Jean Stewart and Velma McElwee, both of Beverly, Ruby Phillips of Moorefield and Letha Price of Elkins; and 24 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Jay in death were one son, Gregory Hugh Lewis; 10 siblings, Ernest Lewis, Avon Lewis, Sonny Lewis, Jack Lewis, Buddy Lewis, Willard Lewis, George "Pete" Lewis, "Little Mack" Lewis, Helen Hinchman and Dolly Weese.
Jay attended the schools of Randolph County, had served with the United States Army and worked as a self-employed auto mechanic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Visitation will be conducted at The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services Friday, Nov. 16, from noon until 1 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Leon Brown and the Rev. Terry Keith Lewis will officiate, and interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Beverly.
The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Jay Hugh Lewis. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.