Charles Munroe Lewis, 72, son of Mack and Hilda Poe Lewis, was born Aug. 4, 1931, at Hazelton. He died Feb. 7, 2004, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. He grew up in the Kimble area and joined the Navy, serving from May 27, 1952, to Aug. 17, 1956. He returned home and married Noema Holland May 4, 1957, at Hernando, Miss. Mr. Lewis worked for General Motors for 28 years. His co-workers gave him the nickname, “”Biggin””. He was great at inventing things at home and work. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being outdoors hunting rabbits with his dogs. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of Latimer Lodge AM and FM #145, Scottish Rites and had been a Shriner. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6637 of Licking, the American Legion and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He was a former member of the Licking planning and zoning committee and supporter of the community. He was baptized at an early age at the First Baptist Church in Licking and was a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church near Salem. In his spare time, he enjoyed writing poetry and listening to classical music. He was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Ray; and a sister, Chelsie. Surviving are his wife of the home; his children, Ranay Fricke of Pacific, Max Ray of Branson, Charlene Climer of St. Peters, Suzanne Cox of Owensville and Amanda McHolland of Licking; one brother, Frank Lewis of Licking; two sisters, Edna Bartlett and Dorothy Craig of Licking; his adopted family, Juan and Arianny Luna; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services were Feb. 10 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel with David Gidcumb officiating. Burial with full military rites was in the Licking Cemetery. “

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