Clarence G. Lewis Clarence G. Lewis was born on August 11, 1933 and transitioned on February 2, 2021 at the age of 87. He went to reunite with his wife Etta E. Lewis, his son Clevent Lewis, his grand-daughter Erica Parris, his parents Irene Gregory and Joseph Lewis, his sisters Kathleen Russell, Dorien Johnson, Ettle Neil and Enid Martin and his brothers Herbert and James Lewis. He is survived by his daughter Sonia Parris and his sons Edric G. and Guyon B. Lewis, his grandsons Philip Van Lewis, Edric C. Lewis and Robert K. Linton Jr and his grand-daughters Simone Allmond and Ebony Lewis, all of whom adored him. He leaves behind his loving nieces Marlene and Jennifer Neil, Susan Sullivan, Verna McLeod, Cynthia Smith, Sharon Brown, Annett Barnett, Charmaine Lewis, Kara Lewis, and his nephews Patrick, Alrick and Lindon Neil, Orel and Ronald Russell, Gladstone Facey, Trevor, Clyde, Maurice, Garfield, Andre and Carl Lewis. Numerous grand-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends adorned his life and he treasured each and every one.
In 2014, Clarence had the opportunity to visit childhood friends and relatives in Jamaica. Horse racing was his favorite sport and in 2016 he went to the Kentucky Derby where he met Luis Quinonez who rode horse #2, SuddenBreakingNews in the Derby. Luis kindly gave dad free seat at the finish line in the Clubhouse, where dad could almost reach out and touch the horses. “Dadito, grandad” or “GP” traveled often to places like Leu Gardens, Lake Eola, Lakeshore Park, Universal, etc. and there was rarely at time when he was not accosted by at least one person who believed he was the actor Morgan Freeman. One funny instance occurred at the National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL, where an employee said to dad, “You are that actor, you know, that actor…” and I, his daughter, asked, “Morgan Freeman?” “Yes,” she concurred and dad shook his head indicating he was not Morgan. The employee left her desk went over to dad and whispered, “I know, you don’t want these people to ask you for autographs, but you can tell me the truth. I won’t let them know who you are.” Dad and I both chuckled.
Clarence was blessed and a blessing, gracious and grateful, loyal and honorable. We will greatly miss his presence, and I believe he has gone back to the place from whence he came, the place where we will meet again. “I won’t say goodbye, dadito. I’ll see you later. We love you much,” were my last words to him. SMOOCHES dad. We love you.