Earle Russell Lewis, 85, of Norfolk, Virginia, entered into his eternal resting place on November 19, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
Earle was predeceased by his devoted wife of almost 60 years, Audrey L. Lewis, sister Doris M. Bohall, brother Alvin T. Lewis. He is survived by his daughters Donna L. Fuhrmann (Ron), Diane M. Pease (Jim), Delores A. Gehr (Rick) , and their twins Darlene C. Howard (dec. Stewart) and Debbie E. Jones (dec. Gary). In addition, he leaves behind his grandchildren, Craig, Claire, Curtis, Celia, Lori, Ryan, Brad, Kevin, Robert, Cecelia, Matthew and Connor; and his great grandchildren, Isaiah, Eli, Ryan, Ethan, Owen, Reid, Audrey and Henry; his sister Maxine Eyring, his brother Ernest C. Lewis (Linda).
Earle was born in Washington, D.C and later moved to Silver Spring, Maryland where he raised his family. He eventually moved to Virginia Beach where he has resided since 1986.
He joined the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army in 1956 and completed his tour in 1959. Earle spent many years working as a tradesman with the Sheet Metal Workers, Local 102. He later utilized his experience and skills by building residential homes in the Hampton Roads area.
Earle was raised in the Washington, DC First Church of the Nazarene where he was a member and established a lifelong relationship with the Nazarene Church. He discovered his love of the Lord and expressed his love through his God-given talent of singing. His later years he attended Free Will Baptist Church in Virginia Beach. He was compassionate and generous with his time and talent, helping those in need. Earle and Audrey extended their gift of hospitality, building a legacy of community and Christian fellowship cherished by many of their friends and family.
A visitation will be held from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive in Virginia Beach. A service of celebration will follow in the Chapel at 1:45pm, with a graveside service to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.