Beatrice Christine Lewis


Beatrice Christine Lewis passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at the age of 87. She was born June 29, 1934 in Maxey’s, Georgia. As the youngest of four children, to the late Rev. McKinley and Rosa Lee (Robinson) Stephens.

Beatrice moved to Mansfield, Ohio as a young teenager and shortly after began touring in the Southern Gospel Circuit and sang with the best; including The Supreme Angels, The Brown Singers, and Ike and Tina Turner. She always loved the Lord and has been a long time member of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

As a preacher’s kid Beatrice loved singing in the church choir in which she made a favorable decision for her father to decline touring with Ike and Tina Turner and share her gift of music for the Lord. She was a loving, devoted, caring mother, and a friend to many. She loved to cook meals from scratch, playing Bingo, shopping, and traveling at the drop of a hat, with her suitcase always packed. You could always see the pride and love she gave through her COLGATE smile for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. McKinley and Rosa Lee (Robinson) Stephens; daughter, Consuello Lewis; sister, Jamie (Claude) Hurt; two brothers, Williams Stephens and Alfred (Sara) Stephens; one great grandson; and a very special friend, Nelta Jackson.

Beatrice leaves to mourn and cherish her memory, two sons, Willie (Debbie) Lewis, Jr. of Mansfield, Ohio and Charles (Sharon) Lewis of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Christine Lewis of Mansfield, Ohio and Francine Lewis of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, Rosetta L. Lewis, Steve Dews, Jr., Summer N. Brighthill, Courtney Lewis, Terrence C. Johnson, and La’Terrica Johnson; eight great grandchildren; a very special sister-in-law, Evelyn Stephens; a host of nieces and nephews; special daughters, Loretta D. Nicholson and Susan L. Brown; special niece, Marie Davis; two special sons, Mark A. Tufts and Terry Johnson; and many friends.

Visitation 1-3:00pm Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Harmonia Baptist Cemetery in Maxeys, GA.

Condolence Messages

  1. My deepest condolences tò my family, Our Lord and Savior Chrìst Jesus will heal your heart and dry your tears. ŔIH Aumt Bea.

  2. Stefanie Baba Caldwell

    My condolences to Francine and Christine and the entire Lewis family. May God give you comfort during this difficult time. She was a very beautiful and genuine person. We will definitely miss her her. Sending Love and Hugs to you guys.

  3. I want to give my condolences to the family may God give you peace in this time

  4. My condolences to the family during this very challenging time. RIH Aunt Bea

  5. My family and I would like to give our condolences to the family and RIH

  6. My family would like to give out our condolence to your family may your mom rest in peace. Your mom was always one of my favorite auntee

  7. I would like to give my condolences to the family. May she Rest In Peace.

  8. Ardith& Earl Davis

    We are extending our condolences to the Lewis family. My auntie and her beautiful smile will be missed dearly.

  9. There are no words that can express my deepest sympathy at this time! Just know that my heart, love, and prayers goes out to all of my extended family and that she will surely be missed!! Love you forever Momma Bea!! ♥️ ♥️♥️

  10. Remembering the years as neighbors and friends, prayers we send and our love as well. Yolanda, Craig, Millicent and Valerie Allen

  11. Francine, Christine and Family

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your mom was a beautiful person! I will always remember her smile, kindness and gentle spirit. May God be with you as a comforter. She has indeed received her wings and is celebrating in glory!
    Carla L. Chapman

  12. Heidi Schneider

    I dearly loved this woman and attending to her heart was ALWAYS the highlight of my day. Her wisdom, her stories ….but most of all, that, “wait for it, wait for it” gentle laugh of hers, will never leave me.
    Thank you for sharing her, Francine.
    She sure loved you!
    Straight into the arms of God she went.

  13. Dr. Daniel and Melinda Saah

    So sorry to hear this. To the family…our family is praying for your’s. Love you Francine and Loretta.



  15. Laura (Evilsizor) McElfresh

    Francine & family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of her at the basketball games..she was such a very nice person, pretty lady & dedicated to follow your path. So glad you let me know and please pass my sympathy on to the rest of the family. Sincerely, Laura & Rod McElfresh

  16. My deepest condolences to the family. Rest In Peace

  17. May God comfort you my dear friend Christine and your entire family during this difficult time. I extend my deepest sympathy to all who loved her. I’m sure she will be missed but remembered. My heart is heavy for all of you.
    Teresa Wynter (Lindsay) and family

  18. Teresa Wynter (Lindsay)

    May God comfort you my dear friend Christine and your entire family during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to all who loved her. I’m sure she will be missed but never forgotten.
    Teresa Wynter and the Lindsay family

  19. To The Family ;
    Condolences At This Time;
    I’m Speechless, Way To Many Memories On Orchard St. Our Families Spent A Lifetime Together Never Ever To Be Forgotten!!! Rest In Peace Miss Bea!!!

  20. My condolences to Willie , Christine and Francine and Lewis family. Prayers to all

  21. Cynthia Beard- Bonham

    Christine…. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Praying that God comfort you all…. like only He can. May your mother’s love and the countless wonderful memories of her strengthen you during this most difficult time.
    Love you my friend.

  22. Judy (Bundy) Bellinger

    My condolences to Francine, Christine, and the rest of your family in the passing of your mother. Prayers of comfort.

  23. Your mom was always a bright, funny and wonderful lady. Our sincere condolences from our family to yours.

  24. Myrtle Johnson-Bell

    My deepest condolences to the Lewis Family. Praying for you all. Rest in heavenly peace Bea. U will be missed

  25. To Francine, Christine and entire Lewis Family.
    You and your family have my deepest condolences at this time, Ms.Bea will be surely missed, I can still see her smile as I now sit and think about out basketball days with Coach Willie Sewell. May God give you all strength, comfort and peace during this time.

  26. My deepest condolences to the family. God bless all y’all.



  28. Carolyn Adkison

    My prayers are with you, The family of Sister Beatrice Christine Lewis. (Rest In Peace. ) To Christine, my friend, Be Strong! God is there
    with you and your family.

  29. To Francine and Christine,
    I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father. I pray that God will grant you the strength and peace that you seek during this difficult time. God bless you.

  30. My deepest condolences to Christine & Francine during this difficult time. Praying that God brings you strength, peace & comfort.
    Cecelia Black
    Kraige Black
    Raven Allen

  31. Elaine Webb Carter

    Heartfelt condolences to the Lewis family. Will keep u all in my prayers.

  32. New Mercy Ministry

    So sorry for you loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  33. Sorry for your loss. I will remember the fun days on Orchard St. with Bee Lewis. Christine, Francine and family my prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless.

  34. Kim Hairston-Dismuke

    Praying for the family. Ms. Bea was a wonderful and kind woman. Will always remember her smile and kind words.

  35. Charles Selmon and Family

    Wishing you as much peace as possible during this difficult time, may you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you all.

  36. Christine, Francine and the rest of the is with shock that I write this message of love to you. It has certainly brought me back to Orchard Street when you guys were very young and me and Velma would sit and listen to Bea tell her stories and we would have so much fun. It’s been ages but the memories are fresh. Thank you for taking me back-such beautiful pictures of an equally beautiful lady. Looking with hope where there will be no pain, sorrow or death and Bea will be her beautiful young self again. Revelation 21:4… love you much

  37. To the whole Lewis family.
    We the Jackson family are so so sorry for the loss of your mother. We have fond memories of your mother and you all as our childhood neighbors.
    Much blessings and love to you all. May you find peace and strength

  38. Pamela Williams-Briggs

    To the Lewis Family,

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. Lean on your memories to give you the strength you need to get through the difficult times.

    God bless.

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