Richard Henry Lewis

October 1, 1946 - April 3, 2008
Richard Henry Lewis

Richard Henry Lewis, 61 of Wilmington passed away April 3, 2008 at his residence.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents Donavan Lewis and Pearl Farney Lewis and a sister Dona Lewis.

He is survived by his wife Nylda M. Lewis of the home, stepdaughters Laura (Barry) Morgan and Victoria (Anthony) Vuocolo, grandchildren Riley and Mallory Morgan, Zackary and Taylor Vuocolo and Anthony Marble, father in law Francis Routier, many loving cousins, in laws and friends.

Richard was born in Syracuse, NY, the second child of Donovan and Pearl Farney Lewis. The family moved from Syracuse to Kinston, NC when he was seven years old and he resided in Kinston until he was an adult.

Richard achieved the rank of Eagle Scout while a member of Troop 43 in Kinston, NC. He served in the US Army in Vietnam where he was an assistant to the General of the Twenty Fifth Infantry Division and a DEROS officer. He attained the rank of E5 and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service to his country.

Richard received the Lord into his life in 1976. He served at various times as a Gideon and was a member of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship. He enjoyed being “the man behind the scenes” in church activities.

Richard worked as a Painting contractor, Real Estate Broker and Construction Estimator. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America in Jacksonville, NC and here in Wilmington.

Richard met Nylda in 1996 on a bus trip to Washington, DC sponsored by the American Cancer Society. They were married in 2000 while taking another bus trip to Gatlinburg, TN.

In 2002, Richard became disabled due to a service connected illness. After this time he enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Mexico and to many European countries where he took many pictures and sampled the local cuisine. He loved collecting hats and hat pins from the many places he visited.

He also enjoyed yard work and gardening. His favorite past time in later years was watching the cooking channel and visiting with his grandchildren.

A Celebration of Richard’s life will be 4:00 PM, Sunday, April 6, 2008 at Harbor United Methodist Church. Inurnment in Coastal Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery, Jacksonville, NC on Tuesday at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scouts of America Troop 41, c/o Gordon Street Christian Church, 118 E Gordon Street, Kinston, NC OR Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 2222 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401


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  • April 03, 2008
    Sharen Guck says:
    Dear Nylda, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Richard are in my thoughts and prayers. Remember all the good times and although he is not there in body his spirit will be with you. May God bless you and keep you in his care. Love Sharen

  • April 04, 2008
    mark johnson says:
    Ginny and I send our most sincere condolences to you and to all of the lewis family. Richard was special...I'll never forget when he accompanied me with my grandfather years ago to Asheville...dadillac HAD to go see Will for some reason...Will died very shortly after that trip. We are VERY sorry we cannot make the services. Please accept our apology for this. Our best to you Nylda for a speedy recovery from what must be devastating. Thanks from all of the family for all your attention and assistance to Richard over the years. ..Mark + Ginny Johnson

  • April 03, 2008
    Barbera Averitt says:
    Nylda and family, I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies to you at this time. Please take comfort in knowing that Richard is whole and at peace again, and that Nylda, you are loved and sent blessings by so many here. Please know my thoughts are with you. Barbera

  • April 05, 2008
    Tori Keel says:
    Nylda, I am so sorry to hear about Richard. He sounds like such a wonderful man. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • April 04, 2008
    Jermaine and LaKeasha Glaspie says:
    Nylda and family, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. You knowif you need anything, please feel free to give either myself or my wife a call and we will definitely be there for you as you were there for us.