Mr. Early Lewis III, age 58, of Port St. Joe, FL went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 5, 2023 at his home.
Early Lewis III affectionately known as “Tiny” was the second child born to Early Lewis, Jr. and Patricia Ann Pace-Lewis on July 2, 1965 in Port St. Joe, Florida. He was raised in a stern-but-loving home; endowed with respect, discipline, responsibility, accountability and independency – all of which attributed to the strong man that he was.
Early attended Gulf County Schools and was a graduate of Port St. Joe High School, Class of 1985. Early was employed at Premier Chemical Company/the Box Plant for many years. He became an entrepreneur as founder and operator of a Lawn Service, a Car Wash Service, and a Construction Company. He offered his services with quality, kindness and fairness.
Early’s church affiliation is with New Life Christian Center. In his last days, Early repented of his sins, asked God for forgiveness, and stated his belief in the life, death, and saving resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Early was the epitome of a true friend. In John 15:13, the Lord Jesus Christ gives us the definition of a true friend: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. Early was one whom you could be yourself with and never fear that he would judge you. Someone that you could confide in with complete trust. He was a friend you respected, and he respected you back. Early’s friendship was a blessing to many.
Early’s parents preceded him in death.
Precious memories will linger in the heart of his beloved daughter, Shakeia Ashlyn Courtney Joy; siblings, Walter (Mildred) Lewis, Rosalind (Harrison) McClain, Dr. Michael B. (Erica) Lewis Sr., Curtis E. Lewis, Shelton (Breanna) Lewis; aunts, Diane Julius, Rocenia (Howard) Pittman; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of life was held at 12 Noon (EST), Saturday, September 9, 2023, from the Port St. Joe High School Marion Craig Coliseum, 100 Shark Drive in Port St. Joe, Florida. He will be laid to rest in the Forest Hill Cemetery under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Florida.