Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Henry Littleton Lewis, Jr., Santa Maria, California

Pastor Henry Littleton Lewis, Jr.

Henry Littleton Lewis, Jr. was born in Marion, Arkansas on February 11, 1933, to the late Pastor Henry L. Lewis, Sr. and the late Mary Lewis. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at 10 years of age. Henry attended Wanda High School in West Memphis, Arkansas.

He served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1955, receiving an honorable discharge. In 1961, he moved to Pismo Beach, California. That same year he met and married Marva Woolfork. This union was blessed with 2 sons: Donald Lewis who resides in Santa Maria, California and the late James Lewis. Additional blessings came in the form of 3 grandchildren: Jennifer Carter of Bakersfield, California; Cameron Lewis and Tyler Lewis of Santa Maria, California; and 1 great-granddaughter, Myah Noriega also of Santa Maria, California.

In 1961, Brother Henry L. Lewis, Jr. united with Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, located in Grover Beach, California, under the leadership of the late Pastor Cecil Parish. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1963. In 1970, Deacon Lewis was called into the Ministry. In 1972, he was ordained as a Minister and was called to Pastor Mount Zion, a position he held for 22 years. In 1975, he married Anna R. Farmer. They were married until she passed away of Cancer in 1989.

Pastor Lewis married the love of his life, Agatha Shorter, on January 16, 1993. In 1994, he united with New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Santa Maria, California, under the leadership of Pastor Earl E. James. He served as Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. He also served as Brotherhood Chairman; Sunday School Teacher; and Trustee. On September 2, 2006, he was ordained as Pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

God gave Pastor Lewis a vision to organize the Auxiliaries of the Coast Counties into a work thats not only supportive on the District level, but also on the State and National levels, for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At New Hope, Pastor Lewis embraced his vision of the Family Ministry: The family that not only prays together, stays together-the family that studies the Word of God together, makes it a part of their lifestyle.

Pastor Lewis Association, Educational and Community background included: serving as Vice Moderator of the Coast Counties Missionary Baptist District Association from 1976 to 1980; serving as Moderator from 1980 to 1984; serving on the Executive Board of the North Counties Community Project from 1989 to 1991; President of the Coast Counties Missionary Baptist District Association Congress of Christian Education; President of the Ministerial Council; GED from Santa Maria High Adult Educational program; completed studies at Hancock Community College; attended Antioch Seminary Extension; received the Pastors Alternative for Teacher Certification in 2001; Graduated New Hope Seminary Extension Center in June 2006; Presidents and Deans Certification Program, National Baptist Congress of Christian Education; Co-Chairman of the Foreign Mission Board; Chaplain for the Santa Barbara County Probation Department; member of the Democratic Club; member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

He was preceded in death by his father, Reverend Henry Lewis, Sr. of Turrell, AR; his mother, Mary Lewis McClendon of Fresno, CA; one son, James Lewis of Los Angeles; CA; three sisters: Maudell Turk of Turrell, AR; Loistene Johnson of Milwaukee, Wis.; Sandra Faye McClendon of Fresno, CA; and sister-in-law, Loyola Ward of Lake Elsinore, CA.

He leaves to cherish his wonderful memories, his wife, Agatha Shorter-Lewis of Santa Maria, CA; one son, Donald Lewis of Santa Maria, CA; three grandchildren: Jennifer Carter of Bakersfield, CA; Cameron and Tyler Lewis of Santa Maria, CA; one great-granddaughter, Myah Noriega also of Santa Maria, CA. Also one brother, Willie Lewis of Las Vegas, NV; three sisters: Barbara McClendon and Ruth Jean McClendon of Fresno, CA and Mary Evelyn Jones of Los Angeles, CA. Two sister-in-laws: San Juanita Lewis of Las Vegas, NV and Carolyn Jordan of Carson, CA; one brother-in-law, Lincoln Ward, Sr. of Lake Elsinore, CA. He also leaves behind a host of nieces & nephews, great-nieces & nephews, and great-great nieces & nephews, as well as cousins, his New Hope Church family, whom he dearly loved; and friends from all walks of life.

Services are as follows: Wake: Friday, September 27, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 416 West Mill Street, Santa Maria, CA. Homegoing Celebration: Saturday, September 28, 2013, 11 a.m. at Pacific Christian Center, 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria, CA. Repass: Veterans Memorial Community Center, 313 West Tunnell Street, Santa Maria, CA (immediately following Homegoing Celebration). Burial: Monday, September 30, 2013, 10 a.m. at the Santa Maria Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens.


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