We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Keith Matthews Funeral Home
Presley Eugene Lewis Jr., called affectionally "Kooky," departed this earthly life on Saturday, May 21, 2022. He was born in Dallas, Texas, to the late Presley E. Lewis Sr. and late Patricia E. McIntyre. He was the youngest of four children. In 1987 he graduated from Grady Spruce High School and enlisted immediately into the United States Army. Presley was 17 years old when he began to serve at Hahn Air Force Base in Germany. After an honorable discharge from the military in 1991, Presley moved to New Bern, North Carolina. He served as a maintenance technician for several companies, including Moen, Hatteras Yachts, Mansard, Ramada Inn, Beacon Shore, and Farm Fresh. In 2008, Presley reenlisted in the Army. First stationed at Ft. Drum in New York City from 2008 to 2010, then in Baum Holder, Germany, from 2010 to 2013, and ended his second enlistment at Fort Bliss, Texas, from 2013 to 2015.
Presley gave his life to the Lord at an early age. He became a member of Peoples Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor S. M. Wright. Those who knew him well would say he had a great sense of humor. While he was outspoken, it was clear he loved people and made friends quickly. Presley also had a soft spot for animals, and like his father, he had a passion for building model planes and cars.
On July 31, 2008, Presley married his soul mate and the love of his life Santonia T. Lassiter. They shared 13 years. They were each other's best friends and had started plans for a second honeymoon in Paris.
His memories will forever be cherished by his loving wife, Santonia Lewis, six children, Cristal Lewis of Texas, Jeremiah Lewis of Florida, Kelsey Parker of Virginia, Broderick Lewis, Nadia Lewis, and Lyric Lewis, all of North Carolina; two sisters and two brothers, Joyce B. Moore (Eric), and Cassandra Wheeler of Virginia, James King, and Delbert King (Kesia) of Texas; two sisters-in-law, Danielle Lassiter (Herbert Thomas) of North Carolina and Latonisha Smith (Antonio) of Virginia; four grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He also leaves his four fur babies: Mister, Missy, Smoke, and Storm.