O. V. Lewis

February 4, 1928 ~ February 22, 2022 (age 94) 94 Years Old

O. V. Lewis Obituary

“For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10

O. V. Lewis, 94, of Amarillo, Texas, passed away on February 22, 2022, after a long overall healthy life.

O.V. was born in Idabel, McCurtain County, Oklahoma to Martin and Sarah Blackshire Lewis. He was an extremely hard worker. Due to the commitment and dedicated service he provided to each organization he worked for he only held a handful of jobs his entire life. O.V. passed on this same work ethic to his children.

He had several sayings or “mottos” that he will be forever remembered by. Two of the top ones are:

“All you gotta do is just wait on time, and time will tell the story.”


“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make ‘em drank.”

O.V. was built to last, a “country boy,” a child of the great depression. He had many stories to tell about his upbringing, like how he longed to go serve his country in the military like his older brothers but could not because he was the youngest male child, or how he had to walk to school barefoot and had to literally run-down animals in the fields so they could have meat to eat for dinner. Though he left the sticks of the small country town of Idabel, Oklahoma, decades later, he still would not hesitate to wring a chicken’s neck, or gut a jackrabbit, clean ‘em up, and prep it for the frying pan.

O.V. was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Etta Lewis, two sons, Otis Lewis and Herbert Lewis, a daughter, a granddaughter, two grandsons, seven sisters, Earlene Tucker, Pearline Biggers, Elnora Bell, Elma Adams, Maudie Craig, Susie Cotton, and Ola Mae Hooks, four brothers, Scott Lewis, Wille Lewis, Elmer Lewis, and John Lewis.

He leaves to cherish his memory, four daughters, Laverne Campbell (Don), Evelyn Coleman (Leon), Phyllis Stanfield (Ira), and Victoria Parker (Kevin), five sons, Gene Ray Coleman (Sherry), Carl Ashley (Shirley), Gregory Lewis (Holly), Donald Lewis, and Tyrone Lewis, twenty-five grandchildren, fifty-three great-grandchildren, fifteen great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

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March 4, 2022

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Warford Rose Chapel
509 North Hughes Street
Amarillo, Texas 79107

March 5, 2022

12:30 AM
Llano Cemetery West
2900 South Hayes Street
Amarillo, Texas 79103

Celebration of Life Service
March 5, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
New Hope Baptist Church
1305 Northwest 9th Avenue
Amarillo, Texas 79107


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