Samuel Edward Lewis passed away peacefully on Saturday, 16 July 2022, with the love of his family surrounding him.
Samuel was born in Hemingway, SC in 1948 to Samuel and Lillie. He graduated from Cromwell HS in Cromwell, CT in 1966 before continuing his education at New Hampshire College, earning his Bachelor of Business Science in 1971. He was commissioned as an Officer into the Air Force the same year, beginning his 20 years of honored and decorated military service. Samuel's military duties brought him first to Maine and then the Philippines, where he met the love of his life and best friend, Nymfa. They would marry in 1976.
Samuel and Nymfa welcomed son, Christopher, in 1979, while stationed in Guam, followed by son, Michael, in 1982, while stationed in Montana. After moving to San Antonio, TX in 1985, Samuel eventually retired as a Capt. in 1991. He continued his service to the government as a civil servant beginning in Colorado the same year, resuming in Texas again in 1994, taking on various training and management roles, culminating in over 30 years of dedicated service. He rounded out his education during this time, earning his MBA from Wayland Baptist University in 2000. Samuel was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, as well as being passionate about both participating in and watching sports (especially basketball), movies, and later on in life, his grandchildren. His athletic accolades include a State Championship his Senior year in HS, Athlete of the Year award his freshman year at New Hampshire College, and leading the Air Force international intramural team to numerous victories.
He will be missed by his wife of 46 years, Nymfa; children, Christopher, Michael; grandchildren, Jasmine, Isabel; mother, Lillie; siblings, Donald, Sylvia (Raymond), Jacqueline (Howard), Kevin (Laura); several nieces, nephews, cousins; and numerous other family members and friends.
Samuel was predeceased by his father, Samuel; sister, Jane Loretta; nephew, James; and step-father, George.