Official Obituary of

Larry T. Lewis

Larry T. Lewis Obituary



Larry Lewis was born January 14, 1961 in Beckley, West Virginia. He was the sixth born of seven children to the late John Carlen and Geraldine Emily Lewis. He peacefully departed this life surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, February 18, 2024. 

 After the untimely passing of his father, Geraldine moved Larry and his siblings to Dayton, Ohio in 1969. He attended Radcliffe Elementary and then transitioned to Jefferson Township, Jr/Sr High School. Through the years, he played various sports such as basketball while in middle school and football and baseball in high school. His tremendous amount of Bronco pride exuded through him. Larry took pride in being the president of the MIGHTY class of 1979! He cherished a special trip to New York City with his classmates! “What a great time we had! One of the best times of my life!” *wink wink* is how he described it. Larry gained a brother for a lifetime while at Jefferson in James Smith (Smitty), with whom he shared an unbreakable bond that he held dear to his heart. After graduating high school, Larry earned his degree in political science from Wittenberg University.  

He joined New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in 1973. He was ordained as a deacon in 1978. After being ordained, Larry took pride in his role as a deacon and several years later as chairman of the deacon board. Ultimately becoming the infamous, “Chair with the good hair”. He served as a member of the Trustee Board and the male chorus. Larry also served as Superintendent of the Sunday School and enjoyed every minute of it. He was a major supporter of youth outings and events. 

Larry was a man with different interests. He started his career in the funeral industry while in college. He worked as an intern at Robert C. Henry funeral home in Springfield, Ohio. He switched professions and entered the fast-food industry in 1981, where he took pride in being an assistant manager at McDonald’s for two years. He then moved to Tuskegee, Alabama where he worked at and managed a Wendy’s with his great friend, Albert Thomas (AT). Shortly after, Larry moved to Columbus, Ohio where he began working in corrections as a youth specialist. He was hired by the Department of Youth Services (DYS) as a parole officer. During his 31 years of service, Larry held several positions, mentored a plethora of people, young and old, and finally he retired as a re-entry administrator in 2018. 

Larry met his sunshine, Sandra, at Jefferson in 1979. They were married on October 18, 1987. From this devoted union, they created two outstanding children, Ariel and John. As a family of four, Larry instilled the value of family, education, the love of God, the importance of directions, believing in yourself, and selflessness. Taking road trips with his children and going on cruises with his wife was his passion. On each of his cruises, (he has been on nine) he enjoyed meeting the captain and getting a miniature ship signed along with people watching, and watching the sunrise on his balcony. 

He also enjoyed fishing at Possum Creek and Rainbow Lake with his brother cousins. He was an avid football fan, specifically high school programs. He enjoyed watching his son play for his cousin, Jeff Graham and the Trotwood Rams. He also enjoyed watching the incomparable Rodney D’s football career, often times reminiscing over his 49-0 high school record! Larry took pride in keeping a clean and detailed car, Mazda to be specific with a smooth pinstripe. You could often catch him cruising through neighborhoods and looking at nice houses or sometimes he would drive past your house just to “lay his eyes on you.” 

As a family man, he loved spending quality time, encouraging and supporting his loved ones. You could always spot Larry out at an outing because of his infamous “uniform” which consisted of slacks, a button up shirt, t-shirt, or sweater, a hat, and gym or dress shoes depending on the occasion. Larry was a connoisseur of Stetson hats. He took pride in wearing his “Sunday’s best”. He never met a stranger. Larry was kind hearted to everyone he encountered. He was known as a father figure to many. The way he embraced, listened, nurtured, taught, and loved will never be forgotten or taken for granted. 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, John Carlen and Geraldine Emily Lewis, and sisters Gaynell Durham, and Linda Houston. Larry leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Sandra, Dayton, OH; his two loyal children, Ariel and John Lewis, Dayton, OH; his devout siblings, Ralph Curtis (Brenda) Lewis, Upland, CA; Rodney D. (Cheryl) Lewis, Harrisburg, PA; Elva (Nigel) Simpson, Columbus, OH; and Lisa Lewis, Lorton, VA; a caring mother in law, Adlisie Bush, Dayton, OH; sisters in law, Deborah Bush, Dayton, OH; Annette (Robert) Bridges, Dayton, OH, brother in law, David Bush, Dayton, OH, nieces: Capree, Jerica (Wayne), Tracee, Ciondra, Shayna, Lauren, and Austin; nephews: Jeff, Johnathan, and Justin; special friends: James Smith, Masija Porterfield, Albert Thomas, Dr. John Trusty, Mike Eggleton, and Dorothy Bernard; and a host of many other cousins, relatives, and friends.

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February 26, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church
3426 W. Second St.
Dayton, OH 45417

Funeral Service
February 26, 2024

11:00 AM
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church
3426 W. Second St.
Dayton, OH 45417

February 26, 2024

Woodland Cemetery
118 Woodland Ave.
Dayton, OH 45409


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