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Glenn Franklin Lewis Sr.

Glenn Franklin Lewis Sr., 89, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Hillview Health Center in Elizabethton. He was born October 8, 1923, in Erwin, Tennessee, where he lived most of his life before moving to Johnson City, Tennessee, in 1986. Besides his parents, David and Marjorie Gilbert Lewis, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Grace Higgins Lewis, and his brothers and sisters: Alvin Lewis, Spurgeon Lewis, Lloyd Lewis, David Lewis Jr., Agnes Helton, and Irene Keplinger. Glenn is survived by his second wife, Bootsie Lewis, of Johnson City; daughter Carolyn Curtis and husband, Frank, of Rockingham, North Carolina; son Danny Lewis and wife, Sherry, of Johnson City; son Glenn Lewis Jr. and wife, Cathy, of Gray; daughter Penny Guinn, of Hampton; and ten grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of Harrison Christian Church in Johnson City.

While serving with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, he was flight engineer on a B-24 Liberator that received flak on November 20, 1944. The crew was forced to bail out over Hungary, and Glenn broke his foot when he landed. Along with the rest of his crew, he was taken as prisoner of war until liberation by the Russians in January 1945.

After his return to Erwin, Glenn worked for Clinchfield Railroad—later CSX—until his retirement in 1985.

The family would like to thank everyone at Hillview Health Center for the love and care Glenn received while there. Thanks, as well, to the Mountain Home VA Medical Center for the care and attention he received there.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Valley Funeral Home in Erwin, followed immediately by the funeral service, with Mark Matson officiating, and then interment and graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting our website at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Glenn F. Lewis, through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 North Main Avenue, Erwin, Tennessee 37650, 423-743-9187.