Nelson Henry Lewis

1935 - 2004

Source:  Austin American Statesman, 26 March 2004
Transcribed by Janet Lewis, March 2004



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Family-Placed Obituary

The family of Nelson Lewis, 68, would like to make you aware of his graduation from the flesh this past Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 5:42 a.m. Nelson has gone to be with his Lord and loved ones and now stands with that faithful cloud of witnesses that surround and encourage us.

Nelson was a 4th generation Texan, a direct descendant of Henry Thomas "Crip" Lewis with family roots in the Smithwick and Spicewood area.  He was a faithful member of the Lord's church and was known for his gracious and benevolent behavior. His special gift was emphasizing the significance of even the lowliest of those created in the image of God. He understood and gloried in God's forgiveness through Christ.

Nelson was instrumental with the organization and formation of the Marble Falls National Bank (now known as American Bank of Texas, N.A.). He was very active as a director from its inception in 1980 until the time of his death.  Nelson,  along with his cousin Dale Fox helped start and direct "The Camp of the Hills" in 1991. The camp is dedicated to helping inner city as well as low-income children to experience the love of God in a natural Hill Country setting. More than 6000 kids have been able to participate in this experience since Nelson first donated land to this work.

Nelson was considered an "outstanding" board member who served the Marble Falls School District from 1976 to 1982.  He had great concern for quality and sound education and he gave generously to many efforts to help and encourage the youth.

Nelson was married to Tommie LaVerne Sassin in November of 61. He and Tommie had four children, Hank, Tracy, Julie and Jake.  Nelson loved his children and his four beautiful grandchildren: Chloe, Jade, Caitlin and Keenan Nelson Lewis.

Nelson is survived by his wife, Tommie; son, Hank and his wife, Janet; daughter, Tracy and her husband, J.G. Crouch, by his youngest daughter, Julie; and youngest son, Jake. He is also survived by his one brother, Jesse Lewis; sisters, Bonnie Pope and June DeSpain all of Smithwick, and Peggy Cain of Marble Falls.

Nelson was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Owen and Effie Henry Lewis of Smithwick and by one sister, Patsy Brim.

Nelson was born June 7, 1935, and graduated from Marble Falls High School in 1952. Nelson was active in many aspects of business-the majority of his work was done in underground utility. Nelson was also very active in local politics, A.A., and the Henry Thomas Lodge of Smithwick.

Nelson's life will be celebrated Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Smithwick Church of Christ at 10:00 a.m.,  followed with body burial in the Smithwick Cemetery following the celebration.

Visitation will be at Smithwick Church of Christ Friday, March 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The church is located 10 miles East of Marble Falls on FM 1431.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to "Camp of the Hills",  1552 County Road 344, Marble Falls, Texas 78654. Arrangements under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home.







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