|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1991|
|Death: ||Jul. 26, 2010|
Just a few hours after playing in his final high school golf tournament, Bethel's Kyle Lewis died in a single-car accident Monday on the Turner Turnpike near Stroud. Earlier in the day, Lewis had competed in the All-State golf tournament at Emerald Falls Golf Club in Broken Arrow. Lewis was alone in his car, which left the road and struck a bridge embankment. It was unknown as of Monday night why Lewis' car went off the road. "There are just no words to describe something like that," said Tommy Block, the Bethel High School athletic director and longtime friend of Lewis' father, Marty. "All we can do is pray for the Lewis family." After Monday's tournament, the Oklahoma Golf Coaches Association awarded Lewis the Jim Thorpe Boys Golfer of the Year trophy. A moment of silence will be observed at the rest of the All-State events this week. Lewis was a state champion in 2008 and finished runner-up at the state tournament each of his other three high school seasons. He was one of seven golfers all-time to finish in the top four at state all four years. Also a basketball player, Lewis had signed a letter of intent to play golf at the University of Oklahoma and planned to move to Norman next month. "Our condolences go out to his family," OU golf coach Ryan Hybl said. "The OU golf family will be hurting, too. Kyle was a valedictorian, a good basketball player — he was going to be a great ambassador for our university. "But more than that, he was just a great young man. We will all definitely miss him."
Kyle Lewis was born August 7, 1991 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Marty & Kelly (Taylor) Lewis and passed from this life July 26, 2010 in Stroud, Oklahoma after having attained the age of 18 years. Kyle lived in Tecumseh until he was 5 years old, then moved with his family to Ada, where he attended Latta schools through the 2nd grade. It was then that his family came to Bethel where he lived for the past 10 years. He was a 2010 graduate of Bethel High School, where he was co-valedictorian of his graduating class, and was planning on attending the University of Oklahoma on a Golf & Academic Scholarship. In 2008 he was the Class 3A State Golf Champion, and was State Runner-Up in 2007, 2009, and 2010. He was the recipient of the 2009 Wendy's High School Heisman Award for the State of Oklahoma, as well as the Hewlett Packard Scholastic All-American for Golf. He was also named the 2010 Jim Thorpe Golfer of the Year, and had aspirations of becoming a professional golfer. He was 1 of only 27 athletes in the state of Oklahoma from all 484 public schools to be chosen as a 2009-2010 Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-Stater. Kyle was a devout Christian young man who was baptized into Christ when he was 13. He was a member of the Lakeview Church of Christ and active in the youth group. He was also very active in school activities including FCA & Student Council. Kyle loved golf, basketball, and listening to music. He was a lifelong OU Fan and was a South End Zone Football Season Ticket holder. He enjoyed working with youngsters and helped last summer with the First Tee in Kansas City (teaching kids the game of golf). Kyle was an incredible young man who touched countless lives in the 18 short years he was with us. He loved life, he loved to laugh and smile, and he dearly loved his family and friends. He was a true blessing to all who knew him and was our gift from God. He was preceded in death by his grandfather: Sam E. Taylor; grandmother: Dolly D. Lewis and an Uncle: Paul David Lewis. He is survived by his parents, Marty and Kelly Lewis of Bethel; sister, Rachel Lewis of Bethel and her boyfriend, Mat Williams of Edmond; grandparents, Shirley Taylor of Shawnee and Paul and Mle' Lewis of Hot Springs Village, AR; aunts and uncles, Pam and Scott Dellinger of Norman; Kirk and Sherri Taylor of Broken Arrow, Kent and Julie Taylor of Jasper, MO and Kristy and Pat Swafford of Bethel; many close cousins, as well as other family, friends, teammates, coaches and his girlfriend of 2 years, Whitney Moore of Bethel. Funeral services will be Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. at B.E. Cantrell Field House - Bethel High School. Burial will follow at Dale Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Jul 26, 2010
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