Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, April 10, at First United Methodist Church for Byrd Leroy Lewis of Artesia, New Mexico.
Mr. Lewis, 94, died on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Big Spring, Texas.
Monty Leavell will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. A special reading will be by nephew Galen Requist.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Knight, Lance White, Niall Requist, Ronnie Null, Peyton Yates and Tommy Scroggin.
Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary from 2 p.m to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Leroy was born on November 17, 1922 in Hollis, Oklahoma; the son of Lee Harvey Lewis and Sybil Susan Byrd Lewis.
He was married to Lovetta Morene Sharry on May 30, 1947 in Colony, Oklahoma. They moved to Artesia in 1959 from Oklahoma.
Mr. Lewis served in the army for three years during World War II in the European Theater of Operations. He served in Patton's 3rd Army and was wounded in action, receiving a Purple Heart. Later, he attended Southwestern State University at Weatherford, Oklahoma, where he completed both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master of Teaching Degree. While teaching high school mathematics and biology classes in the Artesia Public Schools, he completed a Master of Science Degree from Highlands University at Las Vegas, New Mexico. Later, he did post graduate work at Eastern New Mexico University at Portales, New Mexico. In 1986, he retired from teaching. He and his wife Lovetta continued to live in Artesia playing golf, playing Bridge, and traveling until her death on July 17, 2012. He was also a member of the First United Methodist church, Methodist Men, N.M. Retired Teachers Association and the American Legion, and authored a book about his experiences during the war titled "Memories of My Experiences as an Artillery Soldier During World War II.".
Survivors include his daughters Dana White of Midland, Texas and Sharry Knight of Artesia; a sister Colleen Requist of Denver, Colorado; grandsons Jonathan Knight and Lance White; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
I have wonderful memories of Mr. Lewis, gentleman teacher He made learning geometry fun and easy to understand. He kept us in line and gained our respect. He didn't allow gum chewing or idle chatter. I had my grade docked a couple of times for being an offender of those two rules. Thank you, Mr. Lewis, for being the best of teachers.
In 2013 at the Class of 1963 50th reunion, he attended our dinner. I was lucky enough to be seated next to him and have the chance to reminisce with him about our shared time 50 years ago. It was a great evening.
My condolences to the family. Great sorrow for such a loss but what wonderful memories remain from the long life that was lived. Upon reflection, may those memories give you occasion to smile and even laugh.
Nancy CotnerAlbuquerque, NM
Our condolences to your family in the loss of a very fine man. Mr. Lewis was my Biology teacher and touched so many lives. Mrs. Lewis was also my English teacher in 8th grade. I know my father, John Daugherty who is also deceased and was a principle in Artesia, thought very highly of both of the Lewis's as teachers and good people who loved and cared for their students and friends.
Cherish the treasure of your legacy and wonderful memories of a very fine and honorable man.
John "Johnny" DaughertyKnoxville, TN
It was because of Mr. Lewis that I fell in love with biology. He and Mrs. Lewis were the kindest, gentlest people one could know. My condolences to the family.
Connie Truesdell HowellLubbock, TX
Mr. Lewis was my sophomore and junior math teacher. I can still remember his plane geometry "proof" showing that an inclined plane = a lazy dog! A teacher who can do that obviously had an impact on me.
I enjoyed visiting with him at our 50th class reunion in 2013. I showed him 2013 reunion yearbook photo of him and several other teachers "ditching" class at Frenchies! He loved it and said it would prove to his grandchildren that he was a cool guy. That he was.
My sympathies upon his death.
Janie Lee HammonsColleyville, TX
We're saddened to hear of Leroy's passing. He and Loveta were a special couple and made us feel welcome when we moved to Artesia in 1978. Many prayers and loving memories are being sent for the family in this time of grief.
Jim and Sherry WilburnLubbock, TX
Dana and Sharry: I am sorry for the loss of your father. You were so lucky to have the good parents that you did. I remember seeing him in the mountains one day when he was deer hunting. He was alone, had that deer loaded in the back of his Volkswagon, and so proud to show it off. You were lucky to have had him in your life for so many years. Condolences.
Dewana GrayGeorgetown, TX
Your dad was an amazing Biology teacher and also a great neighbor. I thought of him often as I was teaching my science classes--he made my love for science even stronger. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time.
Debbie Taylor Maddux
Debbie Taylor MadduxCresson, TX
We praise and thank our only living God for your father's life continuing on in his children and families.
gerald & EstherArtesia, NM
Sweet Sherry and Dana, I'm so sorry for your loss. I was blessed to have your mother as my 7th Grade Reading teacher and your dad in high school biology. What wonderful and dedicated teachers! Sharry, I hope you look at our Artesia High School Class of 1970 Facebook page to see all the comments about you sweet parents. Please know you'll be in my prayers. Love you!
Peggy Belvin Gordon
Peggy Belvin GordonTulsa, OK
Dear Sharry and family. I'm sorry for the loss of your dad. I had both of your parents as teachers and really enjoyed them. May our Father comfort you and your family during this time of sorrow.
Hiltona CastleberryRio Rancho, NM
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Lewis, but I thank The Lord for the opportunity of knowing this wonderful man and having him as my biology teacher in 1970-71. I am a World War II buff and I was thrilled beyond measure when Mr. Lewis was kind enough to personally sign a copy of his book for me. It is one of my greatest treasures. God bless each of his family and I thank you for sharing him with me.
Randy WaldripArtesia, NM
Dana, we will keep you and your family in our prayers. You dad was one of my favorite teachers.
Robert MantheiAledo, TX