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Posted on Sep 14, 2017
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JP Lewis 1950 - 2017



JP (James Pierce) Lewis, earned his angel wings in his home surrounded by his wife and two sons, Sept. 8, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. JP was born July 30, 1950 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, to Denmon Franklin Lewis and Opal Irene Magby Lewis. He grew up in in Crowflat, New Mexico, attended Cienega Grade School and graduated from Dell City High School in 1968. He spent most of his life on the family ranch until 1981 where he started working for Dell Telephone Cooperative. He lived in Dell City, retired in 2013 and moved to Tennyson, Texas in 2014.

JP will always be remembered by his larger than life "Howdy Pard", a firm hand shake, a big chaw of tobacco and a love for his family, friends and babies. He was a talented musician and played many of the old time Lewis Swing Fiddle songs. He loved the family Thanksgiving gathering where everyone played music and always had a good time. JP will always be remembered as the one that made us feel good and kept us smiling. He never met a stranger and you truly felt that he was your friend.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Tanya Lewis; their two sons, Jim Lewis and Ryan Lewis; his brothers, Jesse Lewis, Tom Lewis and Windy Lewis of Carlsbad, New Mexico and Mike Lewis and wife Caroline of Bernallio, New Mexico; sister Ollie Hight and husband John of London, Texas; six nephews; 11 nieces; ten great-nephews; six great-nieces; one great-great-niece; and a long list of extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Denmon Lewis (1977) and Opal Lewis (1992); brothers Doug Lewis (1979), D.F. Lewis (2013) and Truston Lewis (2016); and sister Laverne Tidwell (1994).

The family has asked that you consider making a donation to the JP Lewis Memorial, Coke County Cowboy Church, Drawer R, Bronte, Texas 76933, in lieu of flowers. JP always wanted to help his family, friends, and community to make a better world to live in and this church close to home is trying to get a roping program started.

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