Drum Funeral Home - Conover

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William Hysel Lewis

November 2, 1947July 5, 2020

Bill was born on November 2, 1947 in Joplin, Missouri to Wade (Bud) and Clara Lewis. The Lewis family consisted of Daughter Mary and Sons Wade Jr, Paul, Bill, Harold and Carl. Bill is preceded in death by both parents and Sister Mary and Brother Wade.

Bill graduated from Carterville High School in 1965 and was on the Basketball Team there. He was heavily involved in the Carterville Christian Church activities and still visited the church when he was in Carterville.

Bill attended Ozark Bible College, Missouri Southern State College both in Joplin, MO and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Bill was a good singer and traveled with “Up With People,” a singing group that involved travel, the performing arts and generally how young people should interact in a multi-cultural environment. Bill was proud of this work and the travel that went with it.

The majority of his work life was in the Food industry. He was a very good Chef and worked at many hotels in Michigan including Mackinac Island and also in Las Vegas.

In the Paul Lewis family he was affectionately known as “DaddyBill” because both Paul and Cindy had a brother named Bill.

During family gatherings the brothers would tell about memories of their childhood. Below are a few of those stories.

In the small towns where the family lived, the kids were known as the “Lewis Boys’ and generally it was the “Lewis Boys” against the rest of the town kids in baseball, basketball and football games. The “Lewis Boys” almost always won with Bill being a big contributor.

One summer close to the 4th of July, Bill and Paul walked 4 miles to a gas station and bought fireworks. They set some of the fireworks off in a dead tree and it caught on fire and burned most of the tree down. There was no way to hide it and they were in trouble for a while.

Bill could make the best thanksgiving dressing. You had to get out the biggest bowl you have because you knew DaddyBill was going to make a lot. That and his Turkey gravy was the best you would ever eat.

Bill lived in a number of states including Missouri, Michigan, Arizona and North Carolina. He talked about his love for North Carolina with its large number of trees. He considered North Carolina his home state because of the special friends he had there. He also had so many friends around the world and would talk fondly of them.

Bill was a true Christian and lived his life as God directed him too. He is where he wants to be now. We miss you “DaddyBill.”

There will be no services for Bill, at his request, but anyone can post a tribute, story and picture at www.drumfh-conover.com

The Lewis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


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Hannah Thompson

August 9, 2020

I met Bill several years ago here in Hiddenite, NC. He would give me so many pointers on how to 'refine' recipes that we talked about. He was a wealth of information on pretty much everything and not just food. Asian food has always been my favorite and was always a favorite topic with us. Bill was always upbeat no matter how he was feeling but as time went by you could tell that some days were better than others. One of the last times I saw him he showed me his new car that he was so very proud of. I distinctly remember him saying, "Now I don't have to worry about breaking down when I go to Michigan." When I read his obituary in the Taylorsville Times, I was so thankful that I got to see his picture when he was in his 'prime'. I would recognize that smile anywhere. He was truly loved and I will miss that man!

Ruthanne Price

July 10, 2020

Bill was a dear friend for 50 years! We met on Mackinac Island, Michigan when I was a waitress and he was a chef. We were both involved in Bible studies hosted by the Christian group Inter Varsity. Unfortunately, I went away from Jesus during that time and Bill helped me get back on the right path. There is a hole in my heart now that he is gone. He had friends all over the world so if you are one of them, please post a tribute to a wonderful Christian man!


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