William Holt Lewis
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William Holt Lewis
  • May 29, 1934 - February 27, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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William Holt "Bill" Lewis, Jr., 82, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017 at home after a brief illness. Bill was born May 29, 1934 to William Holt Lewis and Dollye Britt Lewis. He was a graduate of Hugh Morson High School. He fulfilled a lifetime dream by following in his father and uncle's footsteps becoming a Marine.

Bill was an avid sports fan. He loved the Tarheels, pulling for them all the way. He was a high school football official for over 20 years, which earned him the BB&T Football Official Excellence Award for 1974 and 1975, making him eligible to keep the trophy which he displayed with pride. He coached his son in little league baseball and basketball, winning the championship in basketball. He refereed basketball at Central Prison for years. Jeri and Bill had a joke between them for Bill to make sure he got out before the gate locked. Jeri always told people that if it was round or oblong and could be thrown, kicked, bounced, or hit with a stick, he loved it.

Bill is survived by his wife, Geraldine "Jeri" Lewis of the home; son, William Holt "Billy" Lewis, III of Morehead City, NC; daughters, Jennifer Lewis White of Apex, NC, Kellie Paige Perrine (Lyndon) of Grass Valley, CA; sister, Dot Poole (Ken); 8 grandchildren, Brandon White, Will Lewis, Austin Joy, Tiffany Perrine, Connor Perrine, Ethan Perrine, Angie Brewer, and Ricky White; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was an Insurance Adjuster at Great American Insurance Company and R.E. Pratt Adjuster for 49.5 years. He loved his family and grandchildren. He had a quick wit and touched a lot of lives. He will be missed by his friends locally and at Myrtle Beach.

The family will receive friends from 11:00-11:45am Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, with a service following at 12 noon. Burial will be at Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 S. Wilmington St, Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Transtions LifeCare and Rex Hospital's 5th and 7th floor nurses for their love and support.

Condolences may be sent at: www.brownwynne.com