H.C. Lewis, 87, of Brownwood died Friday morning, Dec. 11, 2009, at the Songbird Lodge Nursing Home.

    Graveside funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in the Eastlawn Memorial Park with Bill Slaymaker officiating.  Burial with Masonic rites followed under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early.  Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

    He was born April 23, 1922, in Brownsfield, the son of the late John B. and Lizzie Franklin Lewis.  Following his graduation from high school, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.  He was married to Jodie Johnson and they had lived in the Brownwood area since the mid 1960s. He was a former trucking contractor for White Mines. He later was the owner and operator for Mayflower Moving Company and also the owner and operator of several area liquor stores and was a house contractor for several years.

    He was a member of the Masonic lodge and the Suez Shrine Temple. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.

    He is survived by his wife, Jodie Lewis of Brownwood; a son, Kelly Lewis of Austin; two grandchildren, Adam Romig and Tiffany Way of Dallas; three great-grandchildren, Dachal and Grace Romig and Ashlyn Paige Way; three brothers, Ralph, Johnny and Robert Lewis; three sisters, Oleta Davis, Teresa Tolbert and Sarah Happel.

    He was preceded in death by a brother, L.C. Lewis, a sister, Bessie Lewis and a daughter, Terrie Lewis Romig.

    Memorials are requested to be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Friends and family are invited to the family home following the services Sunday for visitation and fellowship. Friends and family are also encouraged to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.