Son of John & Annie (Brumley) Hunnicutt of Johnson City TX. When his parents divorced "Miss Annie" took him and his sisters with her to Missouri, but he later returned to Texas.
He enlisted at the age of 17 on 18Apr1917, as a Pvt. in the US Army Cavalry during WWI, and served in Georgia and Europe with the 81st Field Artillery (Battery "A"). He survived exposure to mustard gas while serving in Europe, and was discharged on 18Feb1919 after WWI ended in Dec 1918.
He was one of the founders of the VFW Wimberley TX Charter and organizers of the Wimberley VFW Fourth of July Rodeo.
Married Lillie Pearl Adare on 10 May 1920, and they had 7 children. when she died of cancer in 1936, he was left with hefty medical bills and 7 children from teen-aged to a toddler, which he left to their own devices for days at a time while he drove for a long-haul trucking company to help pay down the medical debt. He was a strict authoritarian and often brutal disciplinarian, but he was determined that the small-town gossip mongers would be proven wrong...that his sons would not end up behind bars nor would his daughters end up working the streets. Because of their life alone, the daughters banded together and were incredibly independent. The eldest brother, John, left for the Army Air Corps as soon as he was of age...followed, by his brother, Bill. John eventually found a career in the Air Force when the Army Air Corps split. All the children eventually moved away from Wimberley, but they returned to visit Lewis (known as "Pop" to his grandchildren) and was a much-loved grandfather and great-grandfather. He was diagnosed with emphysema in his mid-60s but strictly followed doctor's orders and lived for another 20 years, remaining active most of those years...caring for his horses and walking nearly every day.
He married his second wife, Ethel, after most of the children were grown and gone from home. She became a beloved grandmother to all his grandchildren. She was known for her culinary skills...especially the heavenly scratch biscuits and fluffy scrambled eggs she made for Lewis nearly every morning.
His legacy was his personal ethic. He often said that his word was his bond and he was known for his impeccable honesty and square dealings. But his greatest legacy was his children. Two sons and one daughter served in WWII in the Army, Air Force, and Navy and the son in the USAF was career, serving during Korea & 2 tours in Vietnam. The boys, along with Lewis, were charter members of the Wimberley VFW and all four daughters were charter VFW Auxiliary and participants in the VFW Rodeo and Parade. He is remembered with great affection, especially by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who sat at his feet while he regaled them with stories and songs about the outlaws and life of the Wild West. They followed him like the Pied Piper and he taught them the importance of kindness, charity, and honesty.
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