Oct. 13, 1946-
Feb. 4, 2016
Thomas Elliott "Tom" Lewis died unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Grand Prairie, Texas at the age of 69.
Tom is survived by his children: son Bobby and Darcy Lewis, of Los Angeles, Californa; daughter Jenny and Tony Leone, of Haughton, Louisiana; daughter Tammy and Dixon Bautista, of Honolulu, Hawaii, son-in-law Nick Adkison, of Midlothian, and grandchildren Van Lewis, Jacob Bautista, and Keira Adkison. He is also survived by brothers and sisters: Leo Lewis, Jr., of Denver, Colorado; Dr. John and Sophie Lewis, of Pineville, Louisiana; Yvonne and Dwayne Capps, of Hunt, Texas; Dr. Bob and Nancy Lewis, of Elgin, Texas; Velma and Keith Wilks, of Slaton, Texas; Sue and Jim Dennis, of Des Moines, Iowa; and Tina Lewis, of Dallas, Texas. He was dearly cherished by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends. He also left behind a beloved dog and constant companion, Missy.
He is joined in death by wife Carolyn Glenney Lewis, of Oak Point, Texas and daughter Carolyn Lewis Adkison, of Midlothian.
Tom was born on Oct. 13, 1946 in Houston, Texas to the late Dr. Leo Lewis and the late Sharmel Elliott Lewis. Tom received a bachelor's of science at Texas A&M University and a master’s in Education at Texas Tech University and proudly served America in the U.S. Army Reserves. Tom married Carolyn Glenney, his college sweetheart and soul mate, in 1971. Tom served and guided thousands of children across the state of Texas as everyone’s favorite science teacher in Post, Ore City, Ralls, Southland, and Gail.
Tom was a deeply learned and devoted scholar of Bible prophecy, recently self-publishing his life’s work in book form, “Studies in Bible Prophecy–Signs of the End of the Age.” He was a steadfast servant of the Lord. He was a bold evangelizer, and in Tom’s front pocket he never failed to carry gospel tracts, along with his well-worn checkbook and oversized reading glasses. Tom shared his love of God with everyone he met, in both word and deed. He was an active member of Denton Bible Church. Tom’s life would be honored by any and all reading and sharing his prophecy work.
His humble kindness and his tender spirit were only ever shelved when his children’s well-being was at risk in any way. A fierce defender of his children, he considered his role as a father to be his greatest honor and responsibility, and he was most proud of his four children and three grandchildren, the people they were and their many accomplishments. He was a source of support and guidance to them in more ways than can be counted. Tom’s love for family extended to his brothers and sisters and their children, as well, and many have remarked of how he was “the glue that held us all together.”
A visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, immediately followed by the funeral at 10 a.m. at the Midlothian Bible Church in Midlothian. Pastor Bennie Leonard will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom’s extraordinary life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to a fund established for Tom’s son-in-law and granddaughter, Nick and Keira Adkison, at https://www.gofundme.com/baby-keira-fund. Condolences can be sent to http://www.midlothianfh.com/obituaries/Thomas-Lewis-9/. The family would like to thank hospital staff at Children’s Medical Center for their support and dedication to Keira’s recovery.