Maben says goodbye to ‘Good Buddy’

By Terry Harpole

The people in the Maben area will never forget one day in October 2015 when all the world seemed to stand still.

Word spread fast that Nicky Ray “Nick” Lewis, while riding his three-wheel bike, had been struck by a hit-and-run-driver on Maben-Bell Schoolhouse Road in the Maben city limits.

Thus, the long hard fight began for Nick “Good Buddy” Lewis. He was airlifted to the Tupelo hospital and then to Jackson, where he stayed a few days.

After weeks of hospitalization he was brought to Starkville Manor, where he remained, except for some days, when he would be carried to OCH Regional Medical Center for some problems. While at Starkville Manor, many people from the Maben area visited him, and for a time he was able to carry on conversations.

Social media got much involved, as on Facebook many comments were made, and mostly were that, “We are praying for Nick and family.”

But, the entire community was saddened on June 5 with word coming that Nick Lewis had died.

Visitation was held June 7 for Nick at Maben First Baptist Church, with many people coming, even from other towns and states. Services were held for Nick, who would have been 75 on July 21, at the church on June 8, with a large crowd in attendance.

The Rev. Randall Poss, former pastor of Maben First Baptist, told of his meeting Nick when he came to Maben over 30 years ago. The Rev. Tommy Temple, current pastor, told similar stories about when he came to Maben and met Nick and his family.

Both Poss, and Temple told many Nick Lewis stories and kept the people’s attention. They both told about Nick’s being a Mississippi State Bulldog fan, but, at the same time, loved Ole Miss and Ole Miss fans.

Nick Lewis was no stranger to any preacher in Maben, as many times when a new preacher moved to town, Nick was there to greet them and help them unload their belongings from the moving van.

Church organist Billy Hester played “Hail State” for the recessional, which the people in attendance knew Nick would have liked.

Nick Lewis, son of the late Rufus and Mae Bingham Lewis, leaves behind to remember and honor his memory his sister, Sherry Byrd from Corinth; his brother, Rufus Edward Lewis of Maben; two nieces, two nephews, three great-nieces and two great-nephews.

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Nick Lewis bowling at Bulldog Lanes

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Nick Lewis riding a camel at the Tupelo Fair in 2014

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Nick Lewis visiting Donald O’Brian’s parts place (later Ken Norwood’s parts place), where he was a regular visitor

RIP Nicky Ray “Nick” “Good Buddy” Lewis. Pictures -TERRY HOLLAND