Rodney Pierce Lewis was born in Chicago Illinois, on October 26, 1960 to Ernestine Caldwell Lewis (Watts) and Carl J. Lewis (deceased). He was preceded in death by his father, Carl J. Lewis and his brother LaMar Lewis.
Rodney attended Hales Franciscan High School, and after graduation he continued his education at the University of Illinois where he received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He also received his master’s degree in Liberal Arts and Science at Western Illinois University.
Rodney was married to the love of his life Gwendolyn Harris whom he fondly called “Gwen.” They were married in Chicago Illinois, and they spent 32 happy years together. There were no children born to this union.
On September 28, 1985, Rodney symbolized his dedication to Jehovah God and became busy in the preaching and teaching work as a Regular Pioneer. He helped others learn Kingdom truths as they received the comfort that God’s Word provides us.
Rodney and Gwendolyn "Gwen" moved to Asheville, North Carolina in 1991 where he continued in his service and love for serving his God as an Elder and Pioneer. He maintained his courage and strength through many health struggles that would have caused many to buckle from the sheer weight of it all.
Never complaining, he bore his illnesses with the grace of a true Christian Valiant Soldier. He was (through his humor) constantly thinking of ways to ease one’s burdens and brighten their day.
Rodney always maintained his hope in God’s promise in his future life on a paradise earth. After a brief illness Rodney departed this life on Monday, May 17, 2021 at Mission Hospital.
He looked forward to the day when Jehovah’s promise at John 5:28-29 is fulfilled, “All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” And also the wonderful fulfillment of Revelation 21:4, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more.”
Rodney leaves to cherish his memory; his wife Gwendolyn, mother Ernestine Watts, sister Donzella Buckner of Chicago, Illinois, brother Carl J. Lewis Jr. of Chicago, Illinois. Rodney is also survived by his aunts Maxine Williams of Chicago, Illinois, Theresa Collins of Jamestown, North Carolina, Debbie Royal of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, an Uncle Obie Hutchinson of Chicago, Illinois, as well as a host of cousins, relatives and friends. And most of all his worldwide brotherhood of over 8 million.
Zoom Memorial Service for Rodney P. Lewis
Saturday, May 29 @ 2:00pm
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Burial will be held at Sunset Cemetery, 1138 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville NC at 3:30pm following the funeral.
Viewing will be held on Thursday May 27th and Friday May 28th from 10am - 5pm at Avery's Memorial Chapel located on 542 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC.
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