October 13, 1955 ~ November 25, 2022
67 Years Old
John Charles “Chuck” Lewis, 66, passed away suddenly on November 25, 2022. A memorial
service will be held on Friday, December 2nd at 1pm at First United Methodist Church in
Nacogdoches. He was born October 13, 1956 in Jackson, Mississippi to Helen Fay and John T
Lewis. His parents moved to Nacogdoches when he was four years old and he has been here
ever since. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1974 and from Stephen F. Austin
State University in 1978. Since graduating from SFA, Chuck owned and operated lots of
businesses, including The Book Nook and Candeliers – both in the old Colony Mall, and Spice
and Light gift store in the University Mall. For many years he has had an antique and estate
sale business, Lewis and Son Enterprises. In 2021 a lifelong dream was realized when he was
asked by the seven owners of La Havana Cigar Lounge to set up and became co-owner of
Nacogdoches Cigar Company in downtown Nacogdoches. Helping to start the cigar store and
to see its popularity grow was his proudest achievement and he was so happy to have his son,
Patrick working with him at the store. Every day would find him enjoying a good cigar and good
conversation with whoever came in the door.
Chuck was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was a devoted Christian. He was one
of the founding members, as a teenager, of Austin Heights Baptist Church. Marriage managed
to turn him into a Methodist and he became a member of Perritte Memorial UMC where he held
just about every position of leadership at one time or another. His most favorite church task
though was singing in the choir, which he did with gusto! Chuck went on several mission trips to
Costa Rica and Mexico – he had a loving heart and wanted to do all he could to help those less
He loved planning and going on vacations! His favorite one was taking the whole family to
Universal Studios in Orlando, but he also enjoyed the road trips with our English friends, Bill and
Michele and showing them the USA. A trip to Italy or Greece or a cruise would have come next
had he had the time left.
Chuck was one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He almost always had a smile and a
good word. But he didn’t shy away from a debate when he thought he might make a difference
in someone else’s viewpoint. He was for the underdog and believed in respect for everyone
regardless of their race, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. His death was sudden and he
will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Chuck is survived by his wife Susan Lewis, his son Patrick and daughter-in-law Brianna Lewis,
his grandchildren Peyton, Addison, and Samuel Lewis, parents John T and Helen Fay Lewis,
his sister Janis and brother-in-law John Stallings, his niece Katie Stallings and nephew Daniel
Stallings, brother-in-law Arthur Smith and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
Serving the family as honorary pallbearers will be the owners and staff of Nacogdoches Cigar Shop. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Nacogdoches Love, Inc. and Nacogdoches HOPE (Helping Other People Eat).