Hartford Jennings Lewis age 83 of Lebanon, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 8, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife of 62 years and his three children.
Funeral services for Mr. Lewis was held Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown with Rev. Mike Smith and Rev. Kevin Medlin officiated. Interment followed at Salem Cemetery in Liberty, TN. Hartford is survived by his wife, June Cripps Lewis; daughters, Ivana (Mike) Smith and Penny (Dennis) Howerton; son, Mark (Chari) Lewis; grandsons, Casey (Molly) Smith, Evan Smith, Andrew Jennings Howerton and William Hartford Lewis; great-grandchildren, Greyson and Charlie Smith. He is also survived by sisters, Dorothy (Earl) West, Annette Elrod and Betty Lattimore; sisters-in-law, Lucille Lewis and Julia Mae Lewis and brother-in-law, Bob Earl Fuston.
Hartford was born April 16, 1933 on Easter Sunday, son of the late Floyd Jennings and Mamie Bell Lewis and was preceded in death by brothers, Robert Earl and William Clyde Lewis; sisters, Mamie Ruth Lewis and Linda Fuston; brothers-in-law, Jack Boyd, Perry Elrod and Danny Lattimore.
Hartford graduated from Liberty High School in 1951 and soon after married June Cripps, a marriage that would last over 62 years.
He was soon drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955, completed his basic training at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Co and finished his military obligation at Fort Wainwright in Fair Banks, AK. He was a Poplar Bear. Hartford spent many years as a banker for Commerce Union Bank in Nashville, Lebanon Bank, Watertown Bank and Wilson Bank & Trust. Although a banker by trade, he was a farmer at heart. Nothing made him happier than to be in his overalls watching his plants grow and yield. Heaven got a little greener when Hartford walked through the gates.
He was a member of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church since 1969 and served as a deacon, elder, session leader, Sunday school teacher and choir member.
Special thanks to Home Instead of Lebanon, Gentiva Healthcare, Alive Hospice and longtime caregivers Rita and Jennifer, for going the extra mile while caring for him. All your love and efforts were so greatly appreciated.
Hunter Funeral Home, was in charge of the arrangements.