William “Bill” Hoyt Lewis, 81, of Chattanooga, was born to the late George Dewey Lewis and Lillie Kerley Lewis on October 17, 1933 and entered into his eternal rest with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 23, 2015.
Hoyt, called Bill by many friends he made after he left his beloved Sequatchie County High School, where he lettered in three sports all four years, loved to fish, play golf and, in his later years, met with his special friends at the Southern Restaurant in Red Bank, where he was fondly know as Sweet Papa. The folks there were so kind to him and he cared for each of them. Ron Power was kind enough to leave him aUSA Today paper each day and he, especially, enjoyed that kindness.
Hoyt was employed by Hamilton National Bank as head teller, and later at Calumet National Bank in Hammond, Indiana as a commercial loan officer. Four years were spent as manager at Lakeview Golf Course in Johnson City, Tennessee.
He was retired from Independent Life Insurance Company after 32 years and formed many friendships in the community. He served as a door-to-door salesman on a debit route. Hoyt always treated his clients with respect and cared for them, helping many of them after his retirement. The last lady he helped, well into his 70’s, was Mrs. Edna Moorer, his good friend. As a salesman for Independent Life, Hoyt was awarded many plaques, all lining the walls of the sun porch of his home. He was not a pushy salesman, but was sincere with his customers. Service was key to him and he delighted to be able to pay their claims promptly.
Hoyt was a member of First Baptist Church of Dunlap as a youth and he and his wife joined White Oak Baptist Church, around 1968, upon moving to Red Bank. He was a Mason for over 50 years, joining the Mountain City Lodge #549 F&AM, which has merged with Hixson.
Hoyt is survived by his wife of 51 years, Brenda Noel Lewis; daughter, Dianna Lynn Clements; grandson, Bryan Lewis Clements; and three great-grandchildren, Bryan Curtis Clements, Ariel Kaitlin Clements and Sicily Katherine Clements, all of whom he loved very dearly and cared for their needs before his own; younger brother, Jimmy Haskell Lewis; nephew, Randy (Darlene) Lewis; and niece, Denise (Brian) Huffine.
A celebration of life service for Hoyt was held Saturday, June 27 at the funeral home chapel with Rev. David Burkhart officiating and Reverend Jeremy Byrd conducting graveside services at Sequatchie County Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to extend their thanks to LaManda Chapman of Continue Care and the other ladies who came to the home to provide wound care.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made in Hoyt’s name to First Baptist Church of Dunlap, White Oak Baptist Church or the band program at Sequatchie County High School.
Thoughts and memories can be shared at chattanooganorthchapel.com.
The North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist in Hixson was in charge of arrangements.