Tessie Lewis

Published 1:36 pm Friday, October 12, 2018

Final arrangements have been made for the late Sis. Tessie Lewis. A public viewing will be Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., with a family hour from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Mary’s Chapel United Methodist Church, located in Angie.

On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at 3:25 a.m., God sent an angel of death to receive one of his own, Tessie Lewis, to himself entering her into eternal rest. Tessie Speights Moses Lewis was born May 19, 1924, to the late Archie and Candasie Speights.

“Mama Tessie,” as she was affectionately known and called by so many, loved God and family. She united at an early age with the Mary’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She was active in many capacities and remained faithful until her health declined.

Sis. Tessie Lewis was an only child, but she was not a lonely child. While she was very young, her mother accepted the responsibility of rearing three of her first cousins, Luberta (Pat) Daniels Robinson and a set of twins, Effie and Jessie Spikes.

Sis. Tessie Lewis was preceded in death by parents, Archie and Candasie Speights; her husbands, Nolan Moses and Emanuel Lewis; her son, John L. Lewis; daughter, Esther Lee “Olla Mae” Moses Harry Williams Robinson; first cousins, Luberta Robinson, Effie and Jessie Spikes; sons-in-law, Hershel Nichols, J. W. “Coot” Williams, Pastor David Lee Dillon Sr., and Arnold Lee Harry Sr.; grandson, Earl Byron Robinson, Sr.; great-grandson, Brandon Alexander; and special friends, Ms. Armelia Moses, Mrs. Rovella Thompson and Mrs. Hazel Peters.

She leaves so many memories for all to cherish. The family members are her six children, Annie Mae Robinson (Earl, a loving son-in-law), Clementine Nichols, Joe L. Lewis (Carolyn, beautiful daughter-in-law), Linder Dillon, and Candasie Harry, all of Varnado, Sharon Lewis of Los Angeles, Calif.; two special adopted children, Arthur and Velma Borner of Los Angeles; and two godchildren, Amenda Mark of Varnado, and Dominque Harry of Baton Rouge. She leaves 29 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and 46 great-great grandchildren. She was “Mama Tessie” to the Varnado, Angie and Bogalusa communities, and therefore a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends will truly miss her.