OBITUARY

Gordon Ray Lewis

July 22, 1949November 16, 2018

Gordon Ray Lewis, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle began his new life in Heaven on November 16, 2018. Gordon lived his life with strength, humor, courage, and perseverance. Family and friends alike were drawn to his wise counsel and his quiet but quick wit.

Gordon was born on July 22, 1949 in Brenham, TX to Rufus and Lillian Lewis of Somerville, TX. It was during his formative years in Somerville that Gordon learned the value of family, friends, and a strong work ethic, and he made many friendships there that lasted his lifetime. After graduating from Somerville High School in 1967, he enrolled at Texas A&M where he studied accounting. Upon his 1971 graduation from Texas A&M, he earned his CPA and began working for Haskins & Sells accounting firm in Houston. 1971 was also the year he married Carol Stout, and she survives him today.

In 1973 Gordon began the career in banking that would span his lifetime. That career began at First National Bank, Corsicana, TX (1973-1979) and then continued to First National Bank, Greenville, TX where he served as President (1979-1986). His next move was to First United Bank, Meridian, MS as President and CEO (1986-1989). It was from Mississippi that Gordon moved his family to Nacogdoches where he served as President and CEO of Fredonia State Bank (1989-2007). Returning to Mississippi in 2007, he served as Vice-Chairman of BancorpSouth, Tupelo until his retirement in 2014. Upon that retirement, he and Carol returned to Nacogdoches to make it their home.

Demonstrating an attitude of obedience to the command to present oneself to God as a worker who need not be ashamed, Gordon committed both time and energy along with his knowledge and expertise to numerous community boards in Corsicana, Greenville, Meridian, and Nacogdoches. Locally, he served NEDCO, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, SFA Foundation Board, and BancorpSouth Advisory Board. As a faithful member of First Baptist Church Nacogdoches, he served various committees there. He was a tireless and valued member to each group he served.

Gordon loved his alma mater Texas A&M as well as SFASU, and he was a great supporter of both universities. In times of relaxation and entertainment, he enjoyed many interests: he was a sports fan, an avid reader, had a great appreciation for music, and thoroughly enjoyed being grandfather to the dear children who always put the twinkle in his eyes.

Predeceasing him are his parents and his brothers Kenneth W. Lewis and Rufus Lewis, Jr. Surviving him are his wife Carol, daughter Jill Lewis Varnell (Jeremy) of Lewisville, TX, sons Hugh Lewis (Heather) of Austin, TX and Clay Lewis (Stephanie) of Rowlett, TX, grandchildren Braden Peeler; Kyle, Luke, and Adelaide Varnell; and Holland Lewis, as well as sister-in-law Joyce Lewis, sister-in-law Debbie Slott and husband Jack, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to thank the many doctors who attended Gordon, Life Care Hospice Services, and Rhonda Henry and team for loving, compassionate care.

Though Gordon’s last few years were marked with pain from an injury and his last months with the devastating effects of cancer and its treatment, he never complained. His faith was in his God and he lived that faith daily, often sharing encouragement with others who needed it. He was a loving, gracious, selfless husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His influence will forever be a part of those who knew and loved him.

At 1:00 PM on Tuesday, November 20 a Celebration of Life service will be held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches. Visitation and a reception at the Fredonia Hotel will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the First Baptist Church Renovation Fund.

If you desire to send flowers, all floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

  • FAMILY

  • Rufus Lewis Sr., Father
  • Lillian Lewis, Mother
  • Kenneth W. Lewis, Brother
  • Rufus Lewis Jr., Brother
  • Carol Lewis, Wife
  • Jill Lewis Varnell (Jeremy), Daughter
  • Hugh Lewis (Heather), Son
  • Clay Lewis (Stephanie), Son
  • Braden Peeler, Grandchild
  • Kyle Varnell, Grandchild
  • Luke Varnell, Grandchild
  • Adelaide Varnell, Grandchild
  • Holland Lewis, Grandchild
  • Joyce Lewis, Sister-in-law
  • Debbie Slott (Jack), Sister-in-law
  • DONATIONS

  • First Baptist Church Renovation Fund

Services

  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Visitation and Reception Tuesday, November 20, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gordon Ray Lewis

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Janis Shelton

November 21, 2018

My dear sweet Carol, words cannot express my sorrow in the losing of your beloved Gordon! I know he is in the loving arms of his father and pain free, but it's so hard on families when loved ones pass! I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family! I love you so much! Janis

Duke Griffey

November 20, 2018

Gordon was one of those bosses who didn't impose any barriers. He was firm, fair, and engaged with one and all. You would go to the wall for him without hesitation. To say that he will be missed is a monumental understatement.
Duke Griffey
Shreveport, LA.

Jim Jordan

November 19, 2018

Gordon- was a great guy, a great banker, a great leader and a great friend. He was such an asset to BancorpSouth and will be missed. Jim Jordan- President of BancorpSouth in Camden, Arkansas

Dan Chapman

November 19, 2018

Gordon lived the definition of a classic banker. He understood and executed well the philosophy of banks building communities that built banks. Over the years, professionally, he blessed many folks and towns he never even realized. He will be missed. Nancy and I pray for the family.

Rae cene Barton

November 18, 2018

Gordon was the epitome of a Christian Man. When he and Carol moved to Corsicana, Carole was our Sunday School Teacher. We were 15 and ready to drive a car. I remember Gordon letting us drive their car!! He was cool like that. He had an amazing sense of humor and I always loved sharing funny stories with him. He and Carol were very special to me and I was their number 1 babysitter. I felt like Jill was my baby!! I will be praying for you all!! It is hard, I know, but with God by your side you will be comforted. Love to all!! Aunt Rae!!

Pam Norwood

November 17, 2018

I have two memories that jump to mind of “Unkie.” First, playing “football” with him in Nanny and Papa’s back yard (and him doing so with my kids as well). As we Charlie Brown kids were running up to kick it, he’d be the Lucy and pull it away from us. So much belly laughing during those times. I also recall the tender side of him when he called me to let me bawl and vent when I was watching my child go through a hard time.
He will be sorely missed. A kind, loving, and always fun individual. Payers for all of you!!! 😘

James Covington

November 17, 2018

Prayers. What a great family

Kim Winans

November 17, 2018

Oh, how I loved to mess with Gordon Ray about his beloved Aggies. I still have a picture of him when he and Dad were painting a room in our house. He painted that stupid A&M logo on the wall just for me. Ha! He was a wonderful dude with a great sense of humor. I will miss him greatly. Hugs and prayers to you all.

Brandy Crisp

November 17, 2018

Loved Mr. Gordon! I was so happy I got to visit with him recently.
Revelation 21:4

Malcolm Doan

November 17, 2018

Carol I’m so sad to learn of Gordon’s passing, he was such a good guy. I always enjoyed visiting with him while I was in the bank or when y’all would drop by to say hello, he had such a quick wit and was always fun to talk to. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.