Earnest A. Lewis

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.

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Doristene Haynes
August 23, 2021 at 8:53 am

Ernie you certainly were a lively member in the Tinshop. We could count on you to brighten any day. You had a ready smile and I don’t remember ever seeing you angry. We were partners for a little while at plant 3 and that was a real adventure. You were a people person and loved your family and spoke of them often. May a peaceful rest be yours.

Bob "Hook" Little
August 23, 2021 at 12:11 pm

My thoughts will be with the Lewis family. I cannot attend the services because of a out of town commitment. I know this was hard on the family and I am deeply sorry. We will miss you brother.

Bridget Watts
August 23, 2021 at 9:55 pm

May you all find comfort and peace in God and each other. During this time is when it will be important that you support one another. We send our heartfelt condolences. We will also keep you in our prayers.
Love, Marquise, Bridget, Marquise II, and Morgan

Derdian Ann Stewart
August 24, 2021 at 9:31 pm

I will remember all the Family times .May you rest in peace. I send love and prayers to the family.

thomas hamlin
August 25, 2021 at 1:26 am

To the Lewis family I am sorry for your lost. Ernie was a good man and will be missed. I worked with him at Old’s in Building 62, you could always count on him to have a big smile and a welcoming remark to anyone even some of our old bosses.

Thomas Hamlin

Scooby Doo

Barbara Adleman
August 25, 2021 at 6:46 pm

My thoughts and prayers with the family. I worked with Ernie at GM too and he was always happy and helpful. What a great guy. Ernie could put a smile on everyone’s face regardless of the day we were having. He will be greatly missed.

Esther Lewis
August 26, 2021 at 12:47 pm

My dear brother in law, may you Rest In Peace as you sleep among your mother,father and siblings. You will be missed..Esther (Doll))

Roy Scruggs
August 26, 2021 at 7:02 pm

To the family of my Classmate, Earnest A. Lewis. The prayers of the 1971 class of George Perry Austin High are with you in this sad moments. Our love will be with you. Rest my friend. Rev. Roy Scruggs

Deborah C Parris Couthen
August 26, 2021 at 7:32 pm

On behalf of the John Couthen Sr. Family, we are so sorry to hear Earnie had slipped away. Earnie was the best neighbor ever for our parents. When we couldn’t be there for our parents, we knew Earnie was keeping an eye on them and not to mention the numerous of times that dad called on him for his help. Carla and family our prayers and thoughts are with you. God’s grace, love and strength will keep you.

Joyce Mitchell
August 27, 2021 at 6:38 am

Psalm 121: 1-2; I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth. To the Lewis family and friends may God’s grace and mercy abide with you during your journey of bereavement. Please accept my sincere condolences.


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