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Gary Lewis

Sep 14th, 1943 - Nov 29th, 2023

Funeral:  1 p.m. on Monday December 4, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home

Interment:  Bloom Cemetery


     Gary Wayne Lewis, age 80, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday evening, November 29, 2023, at his home.

     He was born September 14, 1943, in Clay County, the son of Eldo Woodrow and Eva Fern (Hurd) Lewis.  He was united in marriage to Vivian Sue Lewis on May 4, 1963, in Shawneetown and together they shared 57 years of marriage until her death on August 26, 2020.

     Gary worked for 44 years in the oil field, working as a driller for several area companies.  He enjoyed coon hunting, arrowhead hunting, refurbishing cast iron skillets, and playing the guitar.  He collected guns and knives over the years.  Gary loved animals and time spent with his family and was lovingly referred to as “Old Man” by his grandkids.    

     He is survived by his children: Tim Lewis of Flora, Herbie (Annie) Lewis of Salem, Melinda (Jason) Miller of Flora, and Barbara Brown of Flora; 15 grandchildren: Chelsea (Robert) Henson, Dustin Lewis, Stephanie Lewis, Kyle Lewis, Tiffany (Christopher) Henley, Daniel Green, Paul (Tabby) Green, Josie (Alex) McIntosh, Christopher Ferguson, Kirby Coble, Parker Coble, Heather (David) Gonzalez, Nick (Denise) Burkett, Gary Burkett, and Trey Miller; 25 great-grandchildren; a sister: Jane Priest of Hanson, Kentucky; and his faithful canine companion, Bam Bam.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; an infant child; 3 brothers: Larry, Don, and Mike Lewis; a sister: Debbie Jones; and a son-in-law: Kelly Brown.

     A funeral ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday December 4, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Rick Forth officiating.  Interment will follow in Bloom Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to the Flora Coon Club, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Danny Persinger

November 30th

You will be missed by good friend. I enjoyed alot of coon hunts with you through the years and just like hearing some of the good stories you had to tell.

Rich Elaine

November 30th

Love u guys prayers and hugs from your Texas family

Tammy and Marvin Haywood

December 1st

My deepest sympathy for your family's loss. Luv u Annie n Herbie

Ed and Wanda Harrell

December 1st

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and strength at this time. Ed enjoyed coon hunting with Gary.

Brandi Steele

December 1st

Many prayers and condolences for your family’s loss. 🙏🏼

December 1st

So very sorry for your family's loss. Sending hugs and prayers to you all!! Love yans. Terra Dewitt and family.

Debra Ritchie, Alice (Lewis) Totten

December 1st

Thoughts and prayers.

Darla Fryburger

December 2nd

So sorry for your loss Uncle Gary was a nice man

Terry Igert

December 3rd

I'm so sorry for your loss!! You have my deepest sympathy!!! I will be praying for your family!!

Sheila G Michael

December 3rd

So very sorry for your loss!!

Jessica Elledge

December 4th

My thoughts are with you. Gary was an incredible man.

Phillip Corry

December 4th

Tim and family, i am sorry for your loss.


December 5th

Sad to hear. Such a sweet man. So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Tim, Herby, Melinda and Barbra thinking of all of you. What a Good man he was. My condolences to all other friends and family.

Dale Carpenter

December 5th

So sorry for your loss, He was a good man



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