SALISBURY — Cecil Thomas “Tommy” Lewis Jr., 88, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, at his residence.

Tommy was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Danville, Virginia, to the late Rebecca Simpson Lewis and Cecil Thomas Lewis Sr. He was a graduate of Henderson High School in Henderson in 1951 and N.C. State University with a bachelor’s of science in zoology in 1958.

Tommy volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served in combat on the USS Essex, an aircraft carrier, from 1952 through 1956. He worked for the state of North Carolina for more than 30 years, culminating his career as the chief juvenile court counselor for the Ninth Judicial Court District.

Preceding him in death was his sister, Barbara Lewis Elliott.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 51 years, Martha Sue Carlton Lewis; son, Cecil Thomas Lewis III and his wife Susan of Oxford, and daughter, LuAnn Lewis Lessman and her husband Brent of Stevensville, Maryland. Also surviving him are his grandchildren, Rebecca Lessman Altomari, Annie Lessman, Aaron Lewis Russell and Dan Lewis; and six great-grandchildren. Also a big part of his life were his wife Sue’s family, the Carltons and Lamperts.

Over the course of his life, he lived on every imaginable body of water including ponds, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Tommy was famous for his story-telling ability, never happier than when he was sitting on his back porch at High Rock Lake with his family telling stories of his fishing tales, his days in the Navy, and his love for all things N.C. State. He especially loved telling stories of the antics of his youth with his dear friends.

Tommy was truly loved and will be greatly missed.

The family will hold a private memorial service with the Rev. Dr. Mark Conforti and the Rev. Steve Haines officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Lewis family. Online condolences may be made at www.summer settfunerahome.com.

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