Thursday, December 18, 2014



Donald Neill Lewis passed Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, from this life to his eternal home with the Savior he loved and served so long.

A memorial service to celebrate Don’s life is planned for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at the Grand Avenue Church of God, Carthage, Mo.

Don was born May 13, 1934, in Quenemo, Kan., to George and Elizabeth Lewis.

He graduated from Kansas State University with double majors in English and history. Later he attended Gulf Coast Bible College in Houston, and received a bachelor’s in theology.

Don taught English and history at Melvern, Kan., and Fillmore, Mo. He served as pastor in the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) at three locations in Missouri: Fillmore Church of God from 1964-1970, St. Joseph Church of God from 1970-1982, and Scotland Church of God in Carthage from 1982-1996; then retiring because of poor health.

Don married Retha Carswell Dec. 27, 1955, in Quenemo, Kan., and they celebrated more than 57 years together.

Don was a sports enthusiast who loved watching his children and grandchildren compete and also loved hunting, fishing, gardening and reading. He enjoyed playing cards, especially spades, and visiting with family and church family. He was passionate about helping the poor and telling the gospel.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin daughters, Mary and Margaret; and one brother, Ben Lewis.

Survivors include his wife, Retha, of the home; three daughters, Sylva Summers and husband, Bob, St. Joseph; Nina Beaver and husband, Doug, Diamond, Mo., and Beth James and husband, Ed, Carthage, Mo.; as well as three sons, Kerk Lewis and wife, Becky, Joplin, Mo., Daniel Lewis and wife, Jodeana, Joplin, and Ed Lewis and wife, Sarah, Moberly; 26 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Glen Lewis and wife, Janette, Pomona, Kan.; one sister, Mary Jo Carswell and husband, Richard, Quenemo, Kan.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to the Scotland Church of God or to Missouri Ministries for Camp Sharon.

An online guest book is at

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