Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak with Rev. Kevin Badgley officiating. Burial will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Grand Chain with military graveside rites conducted by Illinois National Guard and area veterans.
Born June 4, 1939 in Williamson, W. Va., Mr. Lewis was the son of Jack and Sylvia Adkins Lewis. He was reared and received his early education in West Virginia and graduated from Ironton High School in Ironton, Ohio in 1957. He attended the University of Wisconsin on an athletic scholarship and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1970.
He served in the United States Army for 23 years, retiring in August 1979 with the rank of major.
Early enlisted services included Special Forces, Rangers and with the 101st Airborne Division.
As an officer, Jack served as an advisor to the South Vietnamese military and earned the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Jack’s tenure in the Army included two tours in Vietnam and several honors earned, including the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Combat Infantry Badge.
After military retirement, Mr. Lewis worked for Halliburton Services for several years.
He moved to Pine Bluff, Ark., in 1987. Mr. Lewis attended the First Assembly of God in Pine Bluff.
Those who will forever hold him in their hearts include his wife, Sherry Rice Lewis; his son, Bradley Michael Lewis of Grand Chain; his daughter, Lisa Wayve Plunkett of Pine Bluff; three brothers, Ward “Sonny” Lewis and wife Barbara of Columbus, Ohio and James Lewis and Thomas Ray Lewis and wife Nancy, all of Ironton; one sister, Sharon Goodwin and husband Edward of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; four grandchildren, who were dear and precious to him, Katherine Elizabeth Heird, Alexandra Elaine Heird, Madalyn Ashley Lewis and Jacob Bradley Lewis; one great-grandchild, Bentley Wade Kendall; a special daughter, Daphne Lynn Lewis; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the funeral home.