July 2, 1940 – October 11, 2020
Nathaniel (Nat) Lewis, 80, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020 in the Johnson City Medical Center.
He was born July 2, 1940 in Manhattan, NY and after living in different states growing up, resided in NJ during his high school years. He attended Rutgers University in NJ and served in the United States Air Force for 4 years before relocating to Dallas and Houston, TX where he worked in the IT field for 41 years and retired from Total Oil Co. and Fina Oil Co. He moved to Jonesborough, TN in 2011 but in 2013 moved to The Courtyards Senior Living Facility, Johnson City, TN. His favorite pastime was raising Maltese dogs and showing them in competitions and having his dogs visit patients in nursing homes.
Nat was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Joan Beyrau Lewis, his parents, Malcom Lewis and Anne Lewis Kreten and his brother-in-law, Jerry Beyrau. He is survived by his brother, Charles Lewis, and wife, Dona; sister, Verna Lewis-Stein, and husband Fred; cousin, Matthew Gervase and wife, Mary; sister –in-law, Susan Beyrau; nephew, Marc Lewis, and wife Janice; niece, Nicolle Lewis-Candelori and husband Michael; niece, Sandra Roam; nephew, Jeffrey Beyrau; and two great-nephews, Kyle and Colin Lewis.
A private burial will be held in Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
If so desired, donations to the Washington County Animal Shelter 3411 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, TN 37601 in Nat’s memory, would be greatly appreciated.
The family of Mr. Nathaniel Lewis are in the care of Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
October 13, 2020
I was a young child, maybe 6 or 7 and we took a family trip to Texas to visit Uncle Nat and Aunt Joan. I don’t remember much about their house but do recall, aside from their adorable Maltese, Sugar, is the old fashioned bubble gum machine they had in the living room. It took coins to get bubble gum and by luck Uncle Nat had all the coins I ever needed.
As an adult, I remember Uncle Nat having every new piece of technology the moment it was introduced to the public. By the time most people got it, it was old news to him.
I know you are with Aunt Joan, Grandma, your father and all your pups. We will miss you! Until we meet again...
October 12, 2020
Having lived two doors down linden street in Elizabeth. I well remember Nat creating a dark room in the basement of their home. Nat was a gifted photographer working primarily in B&W. The best picture I recall of Nat, Chuck and their friend Gill, after driving to Florida one summer. The picture showed the three guys sitting, laying across the hood and standing with the red Plymouth in front of the “welcome to Florida” sign. Nat had taken great photographs of his sister Verna and his mother
While living in the retirement center in Johnson City, Nat became the IT. Go to person. Helping his neighbors how to get the most out of their new fangled cell phones, TV remote controls and sharing movies on his huge 3D. TV and super audio. Nat was the quiet guy who watched the stock market to the end