Ray Lewis

Born on November 25, 1937

Departed on October 31, 2016 and resided in Portland, TN

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Gospel Singer/Songwriter Ray Lewis of Portland, TN went home to be with the Lord at age 78 on Monday night, October 31st. He was the husband of Laura Lewis, who partnered with him as Lewis & Lewis for 20 years. Ray battled two years of cancer in three organs simultaneously.

Ray was born in Greenwood, AR on November 25, 1937. Ray was the son of Harold Lewis and Beulah Beatrice (Dolly) McGee. He attended twelve years of school in Pacola, OK, then served in the U. S. Air Force.

Ray was proud to be a member of Cornerstone-Nashville Church in Madison, Tennessee and was known for his love of what he called Pastor Maury Davis’s “One-Liner’s.” Ray’s life was dedicated to his First Love and Calling on his life…Music. Radio/TV stations have been quoted as saying, “Ray’s voice was a combination of Easy-Listening/Country/Southern Gospel”, which their listeners/viewers loved, and his songs have been recorded through the years by Country Artists as well as many Gospel Artists. He will be ultimately remembered for his unassuming personality. To know Ray was to love him.

His is survived by his wife, Laura Livingston Lewis, sons Larry Dean Lewis, Darrell Glenn Lewis and Howard Clayton Lewis…grandson Jacob Anthony Lewis…granddaughters Stephanie Nachay Millichamp, Alicia Marie Garrison, Elizabeth Ann Morris and Shannon Rena Lewis, Anna Marie Whittaker, Lacey Michelle Whittaker and Olivia Joy Graham…great-grandsons Austin Dean Garrison, Kaiden Ion Millichamp, Bryson Lee Cole, Isaac Clayton Garrison, Dominic Anthony Sigler, Kylce Lavay Whittaker, Benjamin James Graham, Tinley Reese Graham, Max Wayne Graham and…great-granddaughters Rockell Marie Garrison, Zaelynn Renee Bagwell, and Ava Lanee’ Whittaker.

Ray is also survived by his beloved step-daughters, Michele LeFevre, Marcy Barth and Chele Sterban, his God-Son Lawrence Davis, his step-grandchildren, Jason, Andy, Alex and Zachary, Brandy, Kristen, Andrew and Cam, Mali and Nikolas, plus eleven step-greats, who all thought of Ray as their “Poppa.” Needless to say, there are scores of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all across the country who remain here that will miss Ray.

Ray is predeceased by two sons, Monty Ray Lewis, 1971, and Michael Ray Lewis, 1999, and we know he is doing right now what he dreamed of for years – sitting on the banks of that River of Life with feet dangling in the water…and who do you think is sitting beside him? Monty Ray, who was Ray’s ten-year old Down’s Syndome son…Ray is now having his first real conversation with Monty Ray, something that Monty couldn’t manage on earth. Michael Ray, 18 years old, has been in Heaven just a few years now, so he’s already met Monty…and now the boys are not only welcoming their daddy to Heaven, they’re looking for the rest of their family to join them in a little while…

Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville Sunday November 6 from 1-8pm.  Funeral service will be held Monday November 7 at 1pm at Cornerstone Nashville with visitation one hour prior to service.  Interment Old Halltown Cemetery.

21 Comments to Ray Lewis

  1. Mama Pat Martin
    November 3, 2016 6:36 pm

    Laura we love you and are bathing you in prayer. Ray will always be a precious memory for us and miss him singing in Louisiana and Texas. I will always remember the visit at our home so many times. We will miss him. ? mama pat and the Martin Family…..Mama Pat

  2. Vanessa Shockley
    November 3, 2016 6:46 pm

    We will miss him and his music, his family will be our prayers, especially Laura a part of her went to heaven with Ray. Praying God’s comfort for all.

  3. Jan Beard
    November 3, 2016 7:36 pm

    Praying for your family that God gives you peace during this difficult time.

  4. Danny Jones
    November 3, 2016 8:30 pm

    Words can never convey the fullness of the genuine heart and loving spirit of Ray Lewis. Enjoy the splendors of Heaven, Ray. The experience is just beginning—and you have eternity to relish in the presence of the One you love so dearly.
    We’ll be there soon, so keep our seats at the table ready.

  5. Reverend Michael McDaniel
    November 3, 2016 9:00 pm

    We really enjoyed Ray and Laura Lewis and the times of Fellowship and they’re singing at Houston Assembly of God Church where we pastored!
    Our prayers go out to Laura and all the family that God will give you strength, peace and comfort!
    Reverend Michael and Darlene McDaniel

  6. Joe and Dee Kelley
    November 3, 2016 10:34 pm

    We so enjoyed Laura and Ray stopping in Wichita Falls, TX.Singing, playing and a little comedy was relaxing. The presence of the Lord was shown as they would sing from their hearts. We were so privileged to be with them and Oleta and Waymon Baker as we enjoyed fellowship at our local IHOP. Sing on Ray…no cancer no pain. You made it to where we are longing to be when Jesus calls us home. Love and Prayers to family. Joe and Dee Kelley

  7. Steve McCuin
    November 3, 2016 10:50 pm

    I am praying for you and the family…let me know if I can do anything to help…I loved him dearly and I love you…

    My number is 615-293-8990

    Steve McCuin

  8. GlennCooksey
    November 3, 2016 11:12 pm

    Bro. Glenn & Joanna Cooksey Oakhurst Full Gospel Church Oakhurst Texas We enjoyed Lewis & Lewis and received a blessing every time we had you at Oakhurst. Bro. Ray was a man of men he made a stand for Jesus in a dark world and called it like it was. He was not afraid of the Gospel. The world needs more people like Ray Lewis. Laura we are praying for you and will see you Monday. Thank you for being an inspiration to others. You & Ray have touched so many lives & your legacy will continue on through your music & your ministry. We were so blessed to know Ray the short time we did & we will continue to uplift you to the Lord. We love you see you Monday Glenn & Joanna

  9. Oleta and Wayman Baker
    November 3, 2016 11:27 pm

    Sing his praises forever Ray. Prayers for Laura and family for the days to come but rejoices in your finally journey home.

  10. Lisa Hall
    November 4, 2016 8:58 am

    Lisa Hall from Somerset,Ky. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Laura during the loss of your beloved husband Ray!! He was a man of God that loved to sing his praises unto the Lord!! He will be missed. Many times I had the pleasure of hearing you and Ray sing at the Gospel Singing Barn in Somerset,Ky and in our church also when Bro.David Carr was Pastor.. May the good Lord comfort you and your family during this time and in the days to follow!

  11. George Courington
    November 4, 2016 12:17 pm

    Enjoyed the time we got to spend with him visiting us here on Gibson Hill. I only met him once but from what I seen he was what being a Christian is all about. Praying for you Laura.


  12. Henrietta Brown
    November 4, 2016 4:41 pm

    So many wonderful memories of Ray will be part of our lives always. Both of you are so special to us. Love and prayers for all your family.

  13. Bill Witcher
    November 4, 2016 7:06 pm

    Bro.Ray prayed with me in 1987 when I was backslid on God.He was not only my pastor at that time,but he proved to be a real true friend over the years.We followed his music after he left our church.And Lewis and Lewis became a blessing after we met Sis.Laura.We will miss him.Sis.Laura,you will be in our prayers.

  14. Acy Gibson
    November 4, 2016 8:54 pm

    I am pastor Acy Gibson. Ray and Laura were a blessing to our congregation. I was pastor of First Church of God, New Boston, Ohio when the visited us. Sister Laura you are in our prayers. Pastor Acy & Joyce Gibson.

  15. Acy Gibson
    November 4, 2016 8:55 pm


  16. Pastor Nick and Leila Turner
    November 4, 2016 10:29 pm

    We loved this man and we love his beautiful wife Laura. The Assembly of God in Monterey, Tennessee enjoyed Ray and Laura’s company and wonderful singing for many years. Ray, you will be missed on this earth by many, but we know you are rejoicing and singing around God’s throne. Your family will be in our prayers.

  17. James Harris
    November 5, 2016 7:17 pm


  18. Pastor Rick and Linda Lyles, Ian and Isaiah
    November 6, 2016 10:20 am

    Laura, how we loved Ray and how we love you! So happy we were able have your visit and sing and testify at our church here in Campaign, TN. We are praying for you.

  19. Harold and Shirley McGee
    November 6, 2016 9:58 pm

    Laura, you and Ray was very special to me and we enjoyed the times we had together. I called Ray to check on him a few days before his passing and I am glad I did. We cannot attend the Funeral but we hope to see you again soon and if you need anything call 479-484-5014. We are keeping you in our Prayer.

  20. Becky England
    November 7, 2016 9:44 am

    Laura, our thoughts and prayers are with yyou U.s England’s loved Ray very much and we love you.

    July 9, 2020 11:01 pm

    Ray Was A Good Man He And His Wife Laura Sang In My Room On Paltalk They Sang Come On Out To The Farm He Will Greatly Missed My Thoughts And Prayers Are With The Family.

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