Jack E. Lewis, 72, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, February 17, 2012, and turned his face toward Heaven.

Jack E. Lewis, 72, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, February 17, 2012, and turned his face toward Heaven.

He was born June 4, 1939, in Williamson, West Virginia, son of Jack and Sylvia Adkins Lewis.

Mr. Lewis was reared and received his early education in West Virginia and graduated from Ironton High School in Ironton, Ohio in 1957. He attended the University of Wisconsin on an athletic scholarship, and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1970.

He served in the United States Army for 23 years, retiring in August of 1979 with the rank of Major. Early enlisted service included Special Forces, Rangers, and with the 101st Airborne Division. As an officer, Jack served as an advisor to the South Vietnamese military and earned the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Jack’s tenure in the Army included two tours in Vietnam and several honors earned, including the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Combat Infantry Badge. After military retirement, Mr. Lewis worked for Halliburton Services for several years.

He moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1987.

Mr. Lewis attended the First Assembly of God in Pine Bluff.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Those who will forever hold him in their hearts include his wife, Sherry Rice Lewis of Pine Bluff; son, Bradley Michael Lewis of Grand Chain, Ill.; daughter, Lisa Wayve Plunkett of Pine Bluff; three brothers, Ward “Sonny” Lewis (Barbara) of Columbus, Ohio, James Lewis and Thomas Ray Lewis (Nancy), both of Ironton, Ohio; sister, Sharon Goodwin (Edward) of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; four grandchildren who were dear and precious to him, Katherine Elizabeth Heird, Alexzandra Elaine Heird, Madalyn Ashley Lewis and Jacob Bradley Lewis; a great-grandchild, Bentley Wade Kendall; a special daughter, Daphne Lynn Lewis, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services in Pine Bluff will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2012 at the First Assembly of God with Reverend Gary Bell officiating. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 3-5 p.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.

Funeral services in Karnak, Ill., will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday in the Chapel of Wilson Funeral Services. Graveside services with military honors will follow in Grand Chain Masonic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Central Arkansas, 2003 Fendley Drive, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72115.

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