Rufus M. (Buddy) Lewis, 71, long-time resident of Little Elm, Texas went to be with the Lord on October 29, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents, JM and Ferne Lewis; and great-grandchild, Sean Walker Stephens-Couch.
Buddy will always be remembered as a Christian man that loved the lord, his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends, and a man that never met a stranger.
Buddy retired after 28 years from Collins Radio/Rockwell International/Alcatel.
He was also instrumental in bringing youth soccer to Little Elm, as well as being coach of the undefeated Jack Rabbits. His love for animals started with a pet alligator, skunks and then graduated to horses and became a rescuer of squirrels.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Beatrice Byrd Lewis; daughter, Lori Stephens and husband Eddie of Aubrey, TX; son, Brent Lewis and wife Karen of Little Elm, TX; son, Trent Lewis of Little Elm, TX; sister, Nancy Knapp of Denison, TX; and sister, Judy Elms and husband Danny of Irving, TX. Buddy enjoyed his nine grandkids, Courtney Baugus, Cassi Wheat, Jacob Lewis, Hailey Lewis, Kasey Hamilton, Gunner Lewis, Derek Lewis, Scott Stephens and Jennifer Stephens; as well as his five great-grandkids, Nathan Stephens, Skylar Plumlee, Lane Wheat, Owen Baugus, and Summer Wheat.
A visitation was held on Thursday. The funeral service will be Friday November 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. at LifeGate Church in Denton. Burial will follow at Oak Grove cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to LifeGate Church, 3350 Deerwood Parkway, Denton, TX 76208, in memory of Buddy Lewis.
Services are under the direction of Terri Slay and Slay Memorial Funeral Center, Aubrey.