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Mr. Ernest Sterling Lewis was born in Ft. Worth, TX on July 24, 1933 to Ms. Clara Allen and Mr. Tom Lewis. Sterling graduated from IM Terrell High School where he was drum major. He attended college at Prairie View A&M University, where he participated in R.O.T.C.
Sterling enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a Sergeant and Medic during the Korean War. During his service overseas, Sterling adopted Mija Diane Lewis (Thompson). Upon honorable discharge from the service, Sterling became a resident of New Jersey, where he owned a photography studio; worked in the New Jersey funeral service industry, and enjoyed flying his single-engine Cessna airplane. During his time in New Jersey, Sterling attended Rutgers University and attained his certifications in auto mechanics, auto paint and body, welding, and air conditioning & refrigeration.
Sterling returned to Texas in 1977 and opened Corvette Restorations on South Freeway in Ft. Worth, where he completed ground-up restorations on Corvettes.
While running Corvette Restorations, Sterling returned to school to further his education; attending Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he graduated at the top of his class becoming dual-licensed as a funeral director and embalmer; following in his mother’s footsteps. Ms. Clara Allen owned Allen-Nichols Funeral Home on Fabons St. in Ft. Worth. Sterling never lost his love for serving others & he played a key role in helping his mother conduct services as a child.
Sterling met Ms. Eddye Frances Moore of Waco, TX in 1979 and they wed on February 17th, 1981. Sterling & Frances Lewis were blessed with their first bundle of joy, Ernest Sterling Lewis, Jr. in December 1982. Five years later, Sterling & Frances were blessed with a daughter, Eva Mesheka Lewis in November 1987.
Sterling was a man of faith and conviction. He attended St. Patrick Cathedral since 1944. Sterling and Frances established their faith at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Weatherford, TX where they raised their two loving children. Sterling served as a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.
Sterling owned and operated Red Carpet Limousine Service while Frances was a Registered Nurse and nursing supervisor in Parker, Palo Pinto and Hood Counties. Sterling was selected to serve on the Weatherford Board of Planning and Zoning. He was a member of Weatherford Rotary Club and Weatherford Kiwanis Club.
He maintained his continuing education and remained abreast of Funeral industry knowledge. Sterling also worked as an embalmer and Funeral Director In Charge at many funeral homes throughout the DFW area.
Together, Sterling and Frances celebrated almost 40 years of holy matrimony, until Mrs. Frances Lewis lost her battle with an aggressive form of stage IV cancer in March 2017. Compelled to honor his loving wife, Sterling opened Sterling Lewis Funeral Home in Dallas, TX where he served many families. Families always expressed their gratitude for Sterling’s words and prayers of comfort. Sterling spoke of his funeral home as a ministry, as opposed to a business. Sterling had a servant’s heart and would do anything for anyone, anytime.
Sterling lived a life of graciousness, humility and above all, he always spoke of his love for God. Sterling’s final wish was to travel in his RV cross-country. We are sure he is smiling down on us as he is now reunited with his dear wife in our Heavenly Kingdom.
Mr. Sterling Lewis was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Frances Lewis, his baby sister Jeannie Lewis, his mother Clara Allen and his father, Tom Lewis. Also meeting him at the gates of Heaven is his grandparents, Mrs. Delia Allen and Mr. Albert Lewis.
Mr. Lewis leaves many family members who loved him; his son Mr. Ernest Sterling Lewis, Jr. of Dallas; his daughter Mrs. Eva Mesheka Lewis-Jackson of Lewisville and his son-in-love, Mr. Jake Jackson of Lewisville, step-grandson-in-love, Parker Jackson, his adopted daughter, Mija Diana Thompson and her husband, Bobby Thomson of Baton Rouge, LA; Mr. & Mrs. Thompson’s children, Abel Thompson & Inai Thompson; his sister, Ms. Gheretein Lincoln of Ft. Worth, many nieces and nephews and the loves of his life, who called him “Granddaddy”; his beloved grandchildren, Young Mister Kingston Hamilton Meister (age 6) & Young Miss Serenity Frances Lewis (age 3).
A beloved servant of God, a loving husband, an amazing father, a wonderful grandfather, and a friend to all.
Sterling would always say “be cool.” Our hearts wish him well in his eternal rest.
Until we meet again…always on our minds, forever in our hearts.
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