ATHOL — Jeans Lewis, 59, of Beacon Street, died on Saturday morning, Nov. 28, 2015, at home, following an illness.
Born in Eutaw, Ala., on Jan. 26, 1956, a son of Armellia “Amy” Lewis, he grew up in Chicago and moved to Hartford, Conn., at the age of 13 and graduated from high school there.
Following high school, Jeans enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on May 16, 1974, during the Vietnam War and obtained the rank of corporal before his honorable discharge on May 15, 1980.
Jeans married Donna (McKnight) on Dec. 12, 2012, and they have enjoyed their life together.
Jeans worked for the City of Gardner for a number of years before his health kept him from working. He had also been the Statue of Liberty during tax season for Liberty Tax Service and had also portrayed Uncle Sam during the Gardner Sidewalk Sales.
Jeans was active in veterans’ affairs and was on the board of directors for MVOC in Gardner.
A talented artist, Jeans enjoyed working with oils and doing pencil drawings, as well as working with his hands. He loved doing construction projects and working on his home.
Jeans had an infectious laugh and loved to help people and animals and was known to go buy organic treats and stop along the way and pass them out to dogs he encountered.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Donna, of Athol; his children, Nafeteria, Janine and Ryan, all of Hartford; grandchildren, Thomas, Asia, Zion and Rashad; stepchildren, Timothy and Tammy; step-grandchildren, Alexandria, Kelia and Trevor; and step-great-grandchildren, Brody and Trenton.
Jeans was predeceased by his mother.
There are no calling hours.
A committal service with military honors will take place on Dec. 11, at 11 a.m., at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon. The Rev. Don Erickson of the Community Church of North Orange and Tully will officiate.
Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.