HAMPTON - Lee Arthur Lewis Sr. (LTC U.S. Army retired), 80, husband of Elvena Bijole Lewis, entered eternal rest on Oct. 6, 2012.
Born Aug. 10, 1932, Lee Arthur was a native of Eunice, La., and a resident of Hampton, Va., for 35 years.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eola Eli Antoine; father, Fred Lewis; brothers, Clayton Antoine and Junior Antoine; sister, Victoria A. Jones; and son, Lee Arthur Lewis Jr. (PFC U.S. Army, KIA March 18, 2005 Operation Iraqi Freedom).
He was baptized at Golden Star Baptist Church in Eunice, La., during his teen years.
Lee Arthur graduated from Lincoln High School, in Port Arthur, Texas. He attended Southern University, Baton Rouge, La., where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve in May 1955. He entered active duty in 1957. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in science and a Master of Education in guidance and counseling from the College of William and Mary. He completed education specialist post graduate work at The George Washington University.
Lee Arthur retired from the Army after 20 years. He served two tours in Vietnam. He received many military awards and decorations. After retiring from the Army, Lee Arthur worked at the Office of Human Affairs with the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) Program. He later worked as a Department of Defense civilian at Fort Monroe, Va., and Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
While working at Fort Monroe, Lee Arthur served as coordinator for Army cultural heritage observance month celebrations, including African American, Hispanic, and Asian Pacific Islander. He loved history and celebrated culture. After 24 years of civil service, he retired from the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe. As a volunteer docent, Lee Arthur provided tours with the Hampton History Museum and as a researcher and tour guide with Virgie F. Washington Tours.
Lee held membership with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Old Point Comfort Exchange Club, Veterans of Foreign War (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Southern University Alumni Hampton Roads Chapter, The Rocks, Hampton Military Affairs Committee, and Les Hommes Civic and Social Club. He was active in the community volunteering with the Phillips Athletic Association Soccer League, Foxhill Athletic Association Basketball League, East Hampton Girls Basketball League, Hampton History Museum, and as a tax preparer at Bethel AME Church.
Lee Arthur rarely met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand or share a little knowledge. He was well known for his "infectious smile and boisterous laugh."
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cooke Brothers Funeral Chapel, 1601-27th St., Newport News, VA 23607. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Cornerstone Worship Center, 55 Tide Mill Ln., Hampton, VA 23666. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery to be announced at a later date.
The Lee A. Lewis, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at Navy Federal Credit Union. Contributions may be made at any branch or mailed to: Navy Federal Credit Union, Security Place, P.O. Box 3100, Merrifield, VA 22119. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from October 9 to October 12, 2012
Interred December 26, 2012
Lee A. Lewis
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