James Mitchell Lewis
QUINCY - James Mitchell Lewis, 56, of Quincy, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.
He was born in Quincy on Sept. 17, 1960. At the time of his death, he was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, having formerly served as an ordained deacon at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and long-standing member of Soapstone Hunting Club. He was active in the community, serving as President of West Florida Livestock Association and was a member of Florida Cattleman’s Association, participating in the 1995 65-mile cattle drive from Yeehaw Junction to Kissimmee. He was a board member of Gadsden County Soil and Water Conservation Commission. As a young teenager and member of 4-H, his love for the farm was obvious as he showed the Grand Champion steer in 1973.
Although he was employed at the City of Quincy Utilities for more than 20 years, the work he loved best was on the family farm in Mount Pleasant. When he needed time for meditation and reflection, he most often found himself in his boat, floating down the Flint River. Engaging in multiple hobbies, he became very skillful in numerous crafts and, for a while, earned his livelihood as a welder. His dad once said of Mitch that he could build anything, make anything and fix anything to which he set his mind.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Annette Lewis; his maternal grandparents, Maxwell and Irene Downs; his paternal grandparents, Bloxham and Jimmy Lewis; and a niece, Lauren Lewis.
Survivors include his loving wife of 28 years, Celeste Fleetwood Lewis; two daughters, Abigail and Caroline Lewis of Quincy; a brother, Michael Lewis (Robin) of Tyler, TX; a sister, Monica Brinkley (Craig) of Bristol; his mother and father-in-law, Ross and Shirley Fleetwood of Tallahassee; his sister-in-law, Zetra Fleetwood of Tallahassee; brother-in-law, Michael Fleetwood (Ingrid) of Oxford, GA; Walter “June Bug” Hicks, farmhand and brother; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Quincy. Interment followed at Old Philadelphia Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or the West Florida Livestock Association c/o Gadsden County Extension Office, 2140 West Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL 32351.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.