CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Family, friends, and co-workers honored the life of Montgomery County Sheriff Norman Lewis during a memorial service on Friday.
Visitation was be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Clarksville, followed by the funeral.The Burial was be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Dickson County.
It's going to be tough to know that it's not going to be the Sheriff that will walk into that office. Instead of turning the lamp on, on his desk we just leave it off," said Chief Deputy John Smith.
Sheriff Lewis lost his battle with leukemia Sunday.The 71-year-old served the people of Montgomery County and Tennessee for more than four decades.Before becoming sheriff, he spent 31 years with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
While hundreds gathered to mourn his death they also celebrate his life. A life that served as a lesson to those in his midst.
"I've seen him open his wallet up and help pay people's electricity bill. Buy meals for them and have them delivered to their homes and raise money to buy presents for people who couldn't," said Lewis' daughter Donna.
Of the 312 people who worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Lewis made it a point to know almost every single one.
For now Chief Deputy John Smith will assume more responsibility. He said that Sheriff Lewis made is vision known and Smith plans to carry it out to the fullest.