Donna Lewis
Published: Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Donna Lewis, age 87, passed away peacefully at her home on September 2, 2013, after an illness of nearly a year.

A much-loved teacher, she retired after 38 years of service. Her career began at Edwina School, but most of her tenure was spent at Cosby High School, where she chaperoned hundreds of students on their senior trips.

She was a devoted member of the Cocke County Retired Teachers Association and served the group as president for twelve years. She delighted members with her anecdotes known as "The Lighter Side." She enjoyed recruiting new members and also participated in the Cocke County Retired Teachers Association Theatre Guild formed in 1992. She enjoyed writing, performing, and directing plays and skits.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. (Gump) Lewis, Jr., parents Walter and Maude Layman, sister Dorothy Layman Mellen, and two infant brothers Glenn Walter Layman and Hugh Doyle Layman.

She is survived by three sons: Mike (Myra) Lewis, Clark (Michelle) Lewis, and Mark (Sherri) Lewis, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, one sister Dallois (Vernon) Underwood, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family wishes to extend a special "Thank you" to her beloved caregivers Virginia Black and her daughter Brandi and Sue Henderson. The staff of Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice provided wonderful care for her, and she looked forward to the visits from all the staff, especially Linda Onunfur, Kathy Black, Heather Arnold, Ron Carroll, and Kathy Grooms.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Brown Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with the Rev. Ransom Hall officiating.

Family and friends are asked to meet at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the Cothran Cemetery for the 10:00 a.m. interment.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Cocke County Retired Teachers Association in care of Betty Jones, President, 1351 Hwy. 341, Parrottsville, TN 37843, or to Stokely Memorial Library, 383 East Broadway, Newport, TN 37821.

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Brown Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lewis family.

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