Ft. Worth — William Brice Lewis, 76, died Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Huguley Hospice, Burleson, TX, following a brief illness.
He leaves his wife of 17 years, Evelyn Smiles; his brother, Martin Lewis; his stepchildren Tracy, Scott, and Wendy, and grandchildren Kyle, Bryce, and Sylvie.
Born and raised in Knox City, TX, the son of Henry and Lillie (Sewell) Lewis.
After graduating from Knox City High School in 1957, he worked as a lineman on a maintenance crew replacing electrical cables and poles. He joined the U.S. Navy in October 1957, received a good conduct medal 1960, and was discharged in October 1963. A radioman second class, his service years were spent flying in naval aircraft. He attended University of Texas at Arlington, graduating in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in General Studies. He met his wife, Evelyn Smiles, at the First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, and they were married in 1999.
After serving with the Navy, William had the opportunity to repair and maintain helicopters in Vietnam for a military contractor. He then joined General Dynamics in Ft. Worth, TX, and retired from Lockheed in 2002, after 33 years.
Bill had a passion for motorcycling, which began when he was a young man, and traveled cross-country to various motorcycle rallies, including annual trips to Sturgis for many years, and was once an active member of the Ft. Worth Cycle Club.
An avid aviation enthusiast, he purchased an antique Aercoupe and flew it over Texas, Arkansas, and McGhee Airfield in Oklahoma. He was an accomplished country western dancer and a member of Downtown Singles Sunday School Class, Square Dance Club, the Lions Club, and enjoyed three-stepping at local honky-tonks.
His simple request was to be cremated and his ashes to be interred at the National Cemetery. Final arrangements are pending.