YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio Mr. Raymond A. Lewis Jr., 65, departed this life on Sunday, January 3, 2021 surrounded by the love of his family.
Mr. Lewis was born October 7, 1955, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of the late Raymond A. Lewis, Sr. and Berneatha E. Sydney Lewis.
He was lovingly known by family and friends as “Ripp”.
He was a 1972 graduate of South High School and attended YSU.
In his early youth he worked at General Motors before enlisting in the United States Air Force, in which he served 10 1/2 years as a Medical Administration Specialist.
Upon his honorable discharge with various awards, he resided in Illinois, where in 1989 he attended Belleville Area College, Belleville, Illinois receiving a degree in Administration of Justice. He worked at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois as a Correctional Officer.
Upon returning home he met and married Sylvia Jordan where they combined a loving home for their children.
He worked at Rite Aid as a security/loss prevention officer during 1993 – 1994. He worked for Trumbull Correctional Institute in Leavittsburg, Ohio where he held the positions of correctional officer and dorrectional sergeant/counselor throughout his career in the years of 1994 – 2018 and was known to many there as “Big Lew” achieving various special training awards and obtaining a Toastmasters Club for the inmates and achieving several Competent Communicator awards himself, as well as, holding several positions for the club, in order for it to become registered.
He became a member of the Rising Sun Lodge #90 to begin his brotherhood journey with his father.
Loving the life with his family and friends he was an avid Browns fan and loved music.
After his retirement he worked for Community Corrections Association in 2019.
He leaves to cherish his memory the love of his life for 27 years, Sylvia Jordan Lewis; his children, Raymond A. Lewis III of Boardman, Ohio, Brandi R. E. Lewis of Nashville, Tennessee, Terrance A. Lewis of Oregon and Dennis J. Jordan of New Orleans, Louisiana; several close children and Godchildren; a sister, Barbara Rae Lewis Jordan (Mance) of Youngstown, Ohio and a host of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Cynthia D. Lewis.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Friday January 22, 2020 at F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.,where a private service funeral service for immediate family only.
Social distancing will be upheld and you will be required to wear a mask before entering the building rules will be strictly enforced.
For the health and safety of everyone, we ask that guests do not linger at the funeral home after viewing.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, January 20 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.