Stefan Dewayne Lewis was born July 15, 1989 to Vince Lewis and Darlene Lewis, in Tallahassee, FL. On Sunday, April 21, 2019 the Lord called him home to receive his eternal reward.
Stefan received his formal education in the public school systems in Florida and South Carolina. A 2008 graduate of West Gadsden High School in Greensboro, FL. Stefan enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing, playing basketball, acting, and lying across the foot of his mother’s bed during chill time. He loved to challenge his family and friends to a game of basketball and often reminded his Carolina family that he never took an “L” in the Hemingway (Tigers) basketball uniform. He was an integralpart of Hemingway Middle School B Team who was undefeated and won the championship title in 2004. A beast on the court, Stefan played baseball well, however, he was an even better football player. Although he was not vocally gifted, he was a music enthusiast.
A Correctional Officer for the past eight years, Sgt. Lewis was employed by Liberty Correctional Institution and Quincy Annex. According to his colleagues, ‘he exemplified leadership and interpersonal skills that other officers emulated.’ Sgt. Lewis was a member of the prison’s Rapid Response Team and was known for “being at the front of the line when things went down.”
Stefan not only talked it, but he demonstrated the adage of “love is something you do.” He was afriendly, compassionate, and caring individual who absolutely loved his family and friends. He maintained some relationships established during his childhood, including those from summer visits and winter trips to Hemingway (Muddy Creek) SC.
He remained a faithful and dedicated servant of the lord until his demise. Stefan Lewis leaves to cherish his devoted loving father Vince Lewis and his mother Darlene Copeland Rittman (Reverend Peter). His children daughter Jayla Lewis of Sneads, Florida, son Khiyon Lewis of Chattahoochee, Florida, and daughter Kaelynn Lewis of Quincy, Florida. Two brothers Craig Copeland of Atlanta, Georgia, and Sir: Vince Lewis of Tallahassee, Florida. One loving sister: Shirley Johnson of Chattahoochee, Florida. Grandmother: Juanita McCray of Gretna, Florida, Cecelia Booth (Like a grandmother) of Chattahoochee, Florida. God mother: Rose (Andric) Corker of Marianna, Florida. Aunts and Uncles; James (Tina) Bennett of Quincy, Florida, Willie (Lisa) Copeland of Houston, Texas, Henry (Marzette) Copeland of Chattahoochee, Florida, Richard Copeland of Hardaway, Florida, Barbara (Archie) Gee of Quincy, Florida, Dorothy (Hosea) Corker of Gretna, Florida, Sheila Jackson of Quincy, Florida , Lucas Smith of Gretna, Florida, Bettie Farrington, Emma Stephens, Saul Jr (Patsy) Lewis, Willie Eaddy, Catherine Lewis, Wendell (Julia) Lewis, Patricia Scott, Lorrie (Lester) Nichols.
He was preceded in death by: paternal grandparents-Saul Sr (aka Boy) and Hester Lewis; maternal grandfather-Willie James Copeland; aunts-Ethel Smith, Delores Copeland; uncles–Kelvin Jackson, Robbie Stephens Sr.
Family members left to cherish the lasting impressions Stefan left through his warm, loving and jovial spirit are his:
Children: Jayla, Khiyon, and Kaelynn
Mother: Darlene (Peter) Rittman
Father: Vince Lewis
Brothers: Craig Copeland, Sir: Vince Lewis
Sister: Shirley Johnson
Grandmother: Juanita McCray, Cecelia Booth (like a grandmother)
Aunts and Uncles: Bettie Farrington, Emma Stephens, Saul Jr (Patsy) Lewis, Willie Eaddy, Catherine Lewis, Wendell (Julia) Lewis, Patricia Scott, Lorrie (Lester) Nichols, James (Tina) Bennett, Willie (Lisa) Copeland, Henry (Marzette) Copeland, Richard Copeland, Barbara (Archie) Gee, Dorothy (Hosea) Corker, Sheila Jackson, Lucas Smith
Great Aunts and Uncle: Estelle Bell, Corine Strong, EJ (Ida) Davis
Nieces and nephews, a host of cousins, acquaintances, and really close friends. Special friend, Tamika Jackson.
Visitation is Friday, May 3rd from 4p to 8p at Crawford and Moultry Funeral Home and Funeral Service is Saturday, May 4th at 11a at Tabernacle Church of Christ Written in Heaven, 12425 Blue Star Hwy, Gretna, FL. Crawford and Moultry Funeral Home in Chattahoochee, FL is in charge of arrangements.