Feb. 17, 1915-Aug. 4, 2004

HERMISTON - There will be a viewing for the family and friends of Thurman G. "T.G." Lewis, retired pastor of the Hermiston Faith Church of God, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. today at Burns Mortuary in Hermiston. The funeral service for Mr. Lewis will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9, Hermiston Faith Church of Godm 16111 Diagonal Blvd. Burial will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Mr. Lewis, 89, of Hermiston, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at Hermiston Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Hermiston.

He was born Feb. 17, 1915, at Bergman, Ark. to Milford and Loretta Dummit Lewis.

As a young man he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support his family.

On Oct. 9, 1938, he married Ona Riddlesperger. The couple farmed in Arkansas and eventually moved to California where Mr. Lewis went to work for the Signal Depot in Sacramento.

In his late 30s, Mr. Lewis fulfilled a call to become a Christian pastor and began his ministry in Dunnigan, Calif. He later accepted a pastorate at Roseburg, and then in 1960 relocated to Hermiston to become the pastor of the Beech Street Church of God, now known as Faith Church of God at the comer of North Townsend and Diagonal Blvd. He continued in fulltime Christian service until retirement.

Throughout his life, Mr. Lewis enjoyed hunting, fishing, raising cattle and working with his horses. He loved raising a big garden each year. But his greatest love was caring for his church flock. He loved his grandchildren and was a great support to all of his family.

After the death of his wife, Ona, he married Mary Westcott in 2001.

Survivors include his present wife, Mary Westcott-Lewis of Hermiston; daughter, Winnifred Scroggins and husband, Bobby Scroggins, of Salem; son, Ronald Lewis and his wife, Kristie Lewis, of Hermiston; grandchildren, Randy Scroggins, Terry Scroggins, Rojonna Kopta, Hope Miller, Lindsey Lewis, Mary Polychronis, and Rachel Polychronis; seven great-grandchildren; nine nieces, six nephews and many friends. Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his first wife, Ona, by his parents, by three brothers and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hermiston Faith Church of God, 1611Diagonal Blvd., Hermiston, OR 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.


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