Troy Everett Lewis, life-long resident of Midlothian, passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior early Thursday morning, June 25, 2020, just 40 days shy of his 92nd birthday.
Troy was born to Don A. and Wilna Few Lewis on Aug. 5, 1928, near the Valley Cemetery between Midlothian and Cedar Hill. At approximately the age of 10, Troy moved with his parents and two older siblings to the farm home of his grandparents, who had purchased the property in 1892.
He attended all 11 years of school (all that was offered at that time) in Midlothian, graduating in 1945. Two days later, he enrolled at NTAC (now UTA) where he attended for a year and a half until his enlistment in the Army in December 1946. He served as a member of the Military Police on Governor’s Island, New York, until his honorable discharge in August 1948. In the fall of 1949, Troy enrolled at Texas Tech University where he attended until December 1950, when it became incumbent upon him to return to Midlothian to help run the family farm.
Troy married Patricia Ganaway on Aug. 4, 1951, in the Midlothian Methodist Church, where they attended, raised their children and served faithfully as a couple all of their 68-plus years of marriage.
Years later it became a matter of family amusement that the date of Troy and Pat’s marriage was the hottest day on record in north Texas at 107 degrees. The wedding reception was held in the home of Pat’s parents, Ben and Evelyn Ganaway, at Mountain Peak. Of course, there was no air conditioning back then and it was soon discovered that there was not nearly enough ice for even a second cold drink of water for the attendees.
Nowadays Troy and Pat’s grandkids consider those stories one of “DeDad’s” tall tales of the olden days, but is worth stating that Aug. 4, 1951, actually held that dubious distinction until recently. Another of DeDad’s tales to his kids and grandkids was that their Mom/Grandmom was his “ticket” off that hardscrabble farm. In his words, “I’m never going back.” Ultimately, to the profound gratitude of all, that was a promise he could not keep. Today, Kim, Keri and Bob, and Leigh and Billy live on the same property.
Into the home of Troy and Pat were born L. Kim in 1953 and Keri Kay in 1956. Kim and Keri grew up entirely in Midlothian, a place that rarely touted a population over 1,500 back then. It was a great place to grow up.
Troy retired from Texas Industries (Midlothian cement plant) in 1981 after 20 year’s of service, then later retired from Bearings, Inc. after nine years.
He filled his retirement years with fun times with Keri and Bobby’s kids and grandkids, antique tractor shows with Kim and numerous “vacations” with Pat to various bed and breakfasts in Fredericksburg. Remarkably, he also learned to actually enjoy raising cattle and goats and hay/wheat farming in which he was daily involved through his 90th year.
Troy is survived by wife Patricia; son, L. Kim; daughter and son-in-law, Keri and Bob Emerson; grandchildren, Leigh and Billy Fields, Jake and Megan Emerson, and Sam and Emily Emerson; and eight great-grandchildren (and one more only days away). His sister-in-law, John Ann Lewis; numerous nieces and nephews; and great host of friends also survive.
Troy was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lezette McReynolds; brother, Don A. Lewis Jr.; and granddaughter, Katie Lauren Emerson.
Published on July 13, 2020