In Loving Memory

Kenneth (Lewie) D. Lewis, d. September 12, 2016



In Loving Memory

October 18, 1964 – September 12, 2016




Loxley, AL

Kenneth “Lewie” D. Lewis passed away September 12, 2016 at his home in Silverhill, AL at the age of 51.

Lewie was a graduate of Columbia Southern University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Degree. He spent most of his Saturdays playing golf with his Father-in-law, Robert D. Hinton.

Lewie was Assistant Fire Chief with the Silverhill Volunteer Fire Department in which he served for 23 years. He was a member of the Baldwin County Fire Chiefs Association as Treasurer and a member of the Local Emergency Response Planning as well as a member of the Emergency Team at Evonik.  Lewie worked for the Evonik Corporation for 31 years. During that time, he was Safety Administrator – Emergency Response Contractor Safety Specialist.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ilona of Silverhill, AL; mother, Helen Louise (Tommy) Walston of Saraland, AL; father, Clemmie Lewis of Sylacauga, AL; two sisters, Sheila (George) Pennington of Childersburg, AL and Angie (Chris) Dean of Murfreesboro, TN; two brothers, Barney O’Berry and Bert O’Berry both of Saraland, AL; step-sister, Joan (Richard) Rodgers of Childersburg, AL; many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Lewie was preceded in death by his brothers, Barry Lewis, Keith Lewis and his step mom, Lois Lewis.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm at the PZK Hall, 17933 AL-104, Robertsdale, AL 36567. The family would like to give a special thank you to the Mayor of Silverhill, Tim Wilson and Mayor of Robertsdale, Charles Murphy, for their contribution of the PZK Hall in Robertsdale and to the Silverhill Volunteer Fire Department for their contribution of the bag pipe players.

Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne.



  1. Roger N.

    Ken was one of my best friends at Foley High where were both in AF JROTC, and while we were roommates for a couple of years while at the University of Alabama. Ken, Steve and I had a lot of good times together at Foley back in those days. We used to hang out in the old ROTC building and listen to Col. Petrie tell war stories. We did a lot of color guards and drill team stuff at various events and football games. Ken had the coolest car, too…an older model maroon camaro with a cool stereo and mag wheels that was great for cruising around town.

    Ken was a smart guy, scored high on the ACT, and could figure things out like few people I’ve ever met. He helped me learn FORTRAN, which I’ve thought of very often during my career in computer science. Ken had a good heart and would do just about anything for you.

    I’m so saddened. My most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, may God comfort you.

    Ken, you left us way too early, man. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  2. Hodge Walker

    Going to miss you my friend RIP.

  3. Pat Sukhai

    My condolences to Lewie’s family. He was truly a kind hearted and genuine person, ready to assist whenever needed. I am honored to have worked with such a distinguished gentleman.

  4. Pat Sujhai

    My condolences to Lewie’s family. He was truly a kind hearted and genuine person, ready to assist whenever needed. I am honored to have worked with such a distinguished gentleman.

  5. Jamie Hinton

    To my brother, the best I can figure I have known you around 26 years. You were many things to many people but most important to me, you were my friend, of which true friends are few and far between. Your smile will always be e grained in my mind along with a story or joke you always had. You my friend made people feel important and happy.
    Your dedication to the department and community were second to none. Brotherhood, so many in the fire service today don’t get it. Brother, you not only got it you lived it.
    So my brother I leave you with this simple prayerMay the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

  6. Karen Messick Avery

    So very sorry to hear this. Ken was one of the nicest guys at Foley High. Condolences to his family.

  7. Shawn Paulson

    Chief it’s been years since we have talked but you always had a open ear and for that I am forever grateful. Rest easy brother

  8. Pam Ashcraft

    I am so sad to hear of Ken’s passing. Such a nice guy, went to school with Ken from 3rd grade at Summerdale School until we graduated high school at Foley High. I will be keeping his family in my prayers…

  9. Michael Badonsky

    I only knew Lewie for the several years while with the Silverhill VFD. But, while with the department, I had the pleasure of getting to know him and his wife, and their friendship was treasured, despite its limitations due to busy schedules. He was an intelligent and kind hearted human being.
    Some of my best memories serving the community with him include the several days after Hurricane Ivan, the many fire calls, traffic accidents, assists, our Christmas Banquets, and community festivals and functions together.
    I recall him always giving to the community, the department, and likewise to his friends and colleagues without asking for anything in return. I often wondered how he could find the time to give so much and still hold the responsibilities his job required.
    My regrets are not having the time to keep in touch with him, and all the friends I made while in Silverhill.
    He will surely be missed by all, and mourned by many. Our prayers and hearts go out to all of his family, and friends. May God have a special place for Kenneth “Lewie” Lewis in heaven.

  10. Georgia Roussos Brown

    Memory eternal dear Lewie.

  11. Lt. Michael J. Maher Mantua vol. Fire co. Mantua NJ.

    may god bless , for your lose nothing but prayes to you and your family

  12. Steve Mueller

    One of the first people I met at Evonik was Lewie. He always had a smile on his face. I talked to him just the day before he died. I will miss him!

  13. Steven Nelson

    My condolences to Ken’s family. I considered Ken one of my best friends. One that would always be there, no matter the distance or the time spent away from each other. He dedicated his life to helping others. This was evident in his passion for working at the volunteer fire department and his career as a safety director. Ken, Roger and I had many good times together at Foley High School and the years that followed. Ken was one of few people I have been able to keep in touch with over the years since moving away from Alabama long ago. I am going to miss getting together on my visits south. Ken you will be missed greatly. I am truly grateful to have known such a fine person and feel lucky to be able to call him a friend. Your passing has taught me not to take life for granted and to reach out to those I really care about and let them know how much they mean to me. Rest in peace my friend.

  14. Annie Prestage

    I saw Lewie approximately 2 months ago, and of course he gave me a big Bear Hug.
    He was a very kind person who did not meet strangers. I have never seen a frown on his face or heard him speak ill towards others out of all of the years we worked together at Evonik-Degussa. He will never be forgotten. My heartfelt condolences to all that loved him.
    Annie Prestage


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