MR. JAMES E. LEWIS “BIG JIMMY LEWIS” Born to Eugene & LeAnna Lewis on 9-9-1934, he passed away peacefully on 6-5-2009. James lived his life to the fullest and worked hard to get there. He joined the military in 1950 and after a round in the Army and a round in the Air Force, he retired after the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1957. He carried on and worked any job he could get until he found one of the loves of his life, Wanda M. Lewis. His second love was the Tacoma Longshore Local Union 23. He started off breaking his back working so hard, but loved it and eventually moved up the ranks. That made life good for him. He was a busy man but had the time to create a family. He gained many true friends through his work and they stayed that way until death did them part. He is the last of his crew but they will soon be welcoming him with open arms. He leaves behind a loving wife Wanda of 44 years, sons, Eugene & Lee Carter, James E. Lewis, Jr., Lemonne & Shalon Lewis. The little joys of his life were his grandkids, Pete, Jeremy, Jason, Stephan, Damari, Jamel, Little Lee, James Wendell, Lemya, and due any day Cody James. He is preceded in death by his mom and dad, sisters Louise, Rosa Lee, brother John L., daughter Diane, Shannon and son Cody. Jimmy has a host of friends and family and we all will miss him dearly. At his request we will be having a cremation service for him. He will be remembered by all at a Celebration of Life at Mountain View Celebration of Life Center on 6-20-2009 at 1:30PM till 4PM. All who knew him are welcomed to join in seeing him off to his final destination. Finally to “Big Stevie”, “Signal”, “Big Dave”, watch out cause Jimmy’s on his way. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
William “Bill” Wade, a devoted husband and fantastic father, was born February 22, 1925 in Hoke County, North Carolina and departed life on June 13, 2009. He was the second of six children born to the late William and Ancydell Wade and grew up in Fayetteville, NC. Bill served honorably in the military for more that 24 years. He was a pioneering member of the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. At the end of the war he joined the U.S. Army where he served in many parts of the world. The highlight of his career was his assignment to the U.S. Military Mission to Liberia, West Africa. After retiring from the military, Bill and his family made their home in Tacoma where he began his civilian career at the Pacific National Bank of Washington. Later, he was appointed to serve as the Metropolitan Director of the National Alliance of Businessmen. He became Assistant District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration before retiring. Bill was truly a servant leader. His community services included among many others membership on the Boards of Directors of the Legal Foundation of Washington and Children’s Home Society; Life Member of both the NAACP and the Caballeros Club; member of Tacoma Urban League, Rotary, Urban Coalition, Washington State Humanities Society, and American Institute of Banking. Left to cherish the many precious memories of Bill is his wife, Anne of 51 years, 2 sons: Gerald (Camilla) of Tacoma, Vincent (GiGi) of Atlanta, GA; Granddaughter, Danielle; 2 grandsons: Jeran and Kendall; 2 great grand children: Isaiah and Desrea; 1 sister, Magdaline Jones of Fayetteville, NC; 2 brothers-in-law, Stephen Brown and Thomas Brown (Phyllis) of Amelia County, VA; many nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 22 at Roosevelt Heights Church of God in Christ, 4819 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 253-584-0252 Please leave online condolences at: memorialwebsites.legacy.com/billwade