Billie Lewis

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Billie J. Lewis, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 3, 1929, in Des Arc, Mo., son of Fred and Ethel Miller Lewis. He and Florence Felter were married May 9, 1964, in Cape Girardeau.

Lewis moved to Cape Girardeau in 1938 from Des Arc. He was involved with the family business, Wimpy's Restaurant on North Kingshighway, from 1942 to 1973. He then owned and operated the restaurant on South Kingshighway until retiring in 1997.

He was a 1946 graduate of Central High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University. He was a member of Hopeful Investment Club; booster clubs at Southeast, Central High School and Notre Dame Regional High School; served as treasurer of Southeast Booster Club 25 years, and was currently a member of its booster board.

Lewis was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Eagles, Elks, American Legion and Kimbeland Country Club. He was a past member of Jaycees and helped build the Jaycee Golf Course, and was a past member of the Exchange Club.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife; two sisters, Frieda Howard and Leta Bahn of Cape Girardeau; two brothers, Frank and Freeman Lewis of Cape Girardeau.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son and a brother.

Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Paul Kabo and Derek Swanson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.