Mr. Joe Lewis the fourth of seven children was born on March 25, 1941, to the late Josh and Carrie Bell Jones Lewis. As with his other siblings, Joe was reared in a Christian home with the importance of family, church, community, and helping others being instilled in his upbringing. The family lived for many of his formative years on sharecropping properties, but Sunday mornings he could be found with his mother and other siblings walking the roads that led to Ridley Hill Baptist Church. Joe professed his belief in Christ as his savior and was baptized in 1951, by Rev. John Carey.
Joe's education began with the Ridley Hill Rural Church School, under the tutelage of Miss Florine Barnes, and then to Madison-Rosenwald School (Rosa A. Scott School) Joe was always a good listener and a very good scholar, quiet in nature, Joe had a very nurturing spirit, which made him liked by many.
As a young many, Joe played baseball with Jessie Cotten Community Baseball League and proved to be an angle and quick-footed outfielder. His love for the outdoors also included hunting and two things he learned from his grandmother the late Joanna Washington, fishing and gardening.
Upon reaching adulthood, Joe met and soon married Miss Ollie Mae Jefferson, to this union five children were born. Joe loved his family and worked sometimes two jobs to provide for them. He was employed in several fields of work from industrial work to the job he would retire from after 25 years of service as an Environmental Technician with the St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital of Jackson. Joe loved his job and met and made many friends while working there.
After retirement, Joe returned to his passion of the outdoors and worked for Dr. Cruzea tending his beautiful show horses, the McIntosh's and a handyman, and his most favorite taking care of his best buddy "Bootie" his pet dog.
"The race is not given to the swift, nor to the strong but to the one that endureth to the end."
Joe's determination throughout his illness was tireless when others thought he couldn't make it, he pressed until his job here on earth was complete. On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Joe peacefully transitioned from earth to receive his heavenly reward
Visitation hours will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 12-7 p.m. at Peoples Funeral Home located at 886 N. Farish Street - Jackson, Mississippi
Funeral service will be held on Friday, April 19, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. at Ridley Hill M.B. Baptist Church in Madison, Mississippi. Interment will follow at Ridley Hill M.B. Church Cemetery