James “Jimmy” Troy Lewis, age 92 from Columbia, SC passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Friday, June 17th, 2022. He was born on September 9th, 1929, to John and Fanny Lewis in Fayetteville, NC. He grew up working with his dad in a grist mill until joining the Army. He served in Korea and did 2 tours in Vietnam, he retired as a First Sergeant with 28 years of service. After he retired from the Army, he worked for and later retired from the SC Department of Corrections.
James loved spending time with his family, especially his late wife, Doris, the love of his life for 70 years. The love they shared was like none other. They often spent their days sitting on the front porch, gardening, or working in the yard. James loved sitting on the front porch in his rocking chair. He enjoyed his daily routine of breakfast at Lizard’s Thicket then coffee and dinner at Pizza Palace where his friends had become like family. The time he spent with each of them was special and priceless.
James was predeceased by his beloved wife of 70 years, Doris Lewis, and his granddaughter, Tonya Lynn Lowery. Surviving is his son, Steve Lewis (Linda) of Blythewood; daughters, Kaphey Rye (Gerald) of Columbia, and Janet Lonkey (Dale) of Columbia; two grandchildren, Tami Johnson (Ryan) of West Columbia, and Robert Varney (Sundari) of Elgin; and 5 great-grandchildren, Troy and Dylan Johnson of West Columbia, Alexis and Cameron Varney of Elgin, and Haley Hopkins of West Columbia.
James was the best husband, daddy, and papa any family could have ever been blessed with. There are no words to describe how much he was loved and how deeply he will be missed. Our lives are forever changed but knowing he is reunited with the love of his life gives us comfort. He will forever be with us in our hearts and in the memories we all shared.
Services for James will be held on Tuesday morning, June 21, 2022, at Thompson’s Funeral Home, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209. Visitation will be from 10:00am-11:00am with service to follow. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park immediately following.