Earnest Aaron Lewis “Earnie,” was born October 26, 1951, in Gallion, Alabama, to the union of Jack and Annie Bell Lewis. Earnest was one of thirteen children. Earnest graduated from George P Austin Jr. High School in Linden, Alabama.
After relocating to Lansing, Michigan, Earnest was a dedicated employee working for 33 years in skilled trades at General Motors until retirement. In his “retirement,” Earnie kept busy with a second career in home improvements. He never liked to be idle. He could and would fix anything. Earnest adored sports, both as spectator and participant – he was an avid bowler. Earnest always had a kind word, a helping hand, and made you feel welcome at the home he built with Carla Lewis in loving marriage for over 25 years.
Earnest was dedicated to his family and as “Papa” and “Uncle Aaron,” adored by his all of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Earnest went home to the Lord on Thursday, August 19, 2021. He was preceded death by his parents; six brothers, Nathaniel, Morris, James, Alfonso, John, and Milton Lewis; and three sisters, Roberta Peterson, Annie Houston, and Tina Lewis. He leaves to cherish his memory, three siblings: brother, Jack Lewis (Detroit, Michigan) and two sisters, Lillian Taylor, and Lucy Williams (Lansing, Michigan); sons, Earnest Lewis, Jr., Justin Lewis (Lansing, Michigan), Jason Lewis (Norsetown, Pennsylvania), and DeSean Yarrell (Southfield, Michigan); daughters, Virginia Lewis (Lansing, Michigan) and Rachelle Yarrell (Sterling Heights, Michigan); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, family, and friends.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. The family will receive relatives and friends from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, and beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.