Tom was born on September 9, 1945 and passed away on October 18, 2023. He was the 9th of 10 children born to the late Gerald and Ruth (Howdershell) Lewis.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Amber Elizabeth Kaiser, his siblings Harold Lewis (infant), Andrew J. (Andy) Lewis, Ronald C. Lewis, James F. Lewis, Geraldine (Lewis) Taylor, and Herbert (Butch) Lewis, nephews Daniel L McTaggart and J. David Lewis.
Tom was born in Cumberland, Maryland and graduated from Ft. Hill High School, and shortly after attended Allegany Community College. He worked as a Cumberland City Police Officer before moving to Front Royal, Virginia for a short time. He and his family then moved to Nashville where his love of music took him. While working for a record company (GRT Records), he also worked on his writing and worked as a tour guide in Nashville allowing him to be himself- a natural showman. He loved the Grand Ole Opry and found himself and his family backstage many times watching from behind the scenes. While Tom’s love of music – singing
and writing- kept him driven, his love of life and adventure was his passion. He grabbed every opportunity that life would hand him, whether it was taking movie parts as an onset extra, a contestant on Bill Anderson’s game show, FANDANGO, going into the recording studio, or road trips to seek new adventures. Both with his music and as a liquidator, his travels took him everywhere by road or by plane, and he absorbed every moment. But he will be remembered above all by his love of family, his compassion for and care of other people and that he always did the right thing- even when no one was looking. He never met a stranger, and he was remembered by everyone who crossed his path.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Catherine Elise (Sulser) Lewis, his daughter Lisa (Lewis) Kaiser and husband Michael Kaiser and the light of his life and best friend, Thomas “Zach” Kaiser, his grandson.
Surviving siblings are Dorie Duncan of Shaft, Maryland; Jenny Lewis and Patti McTaggart, both of Bedford, PA, along with many nieces and nephews who will miss him. Friends will be received at Rosewood Funeral Home at 2602 S. Houston Avenue, Humble, TX 77396 on November 4 th at 2pm for a memorial service. We welcome friends to join in to celebrate his life, a life lived fully. There will be no graveside service. And while plants and flowers are always welcome, you can also donate to one of his favorite charities (Tunnels to
Towers or Wounded Warriors) in lieu of flowers.
There will also be a memorial service in Cumberland on Nov 19th at 2pm New Venture Christian Church 10300 Country Club Rd NE Cumberland 21502