Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harold Lewis, United States Army, Ret.

Harold Lewis was born in Macon, Georgia on November 8, 1950 and passed away on November 2, 2011 from injuries suffered in a traffic accident in Central Texas.

Harold proudly served his country in the United States Army for 26 years, retiring in 1999.

Harold had a passion for Harley Davidson motorcycles and old cars. He spent several years restoring a 1980 Corvette. He was a member of the Mid Texas Corvette Club.

In September 2008, Harold and other motorcycle enthusiasts formed the Chrome Cruzer Motorcycle Club, of which he served as the president. At the time of the unfortunate accident that took his life, he was on a ride with members of the club.

Funeral services were held on November 10 at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral home in Killeen, Texas. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the arriving family and friends.

After the service, the funeral procession was led by the Riders to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen. The procession included hundreds of motorcycles and dozens of Corvettes.

At the cemetery, the procession was greeted by fifty American flags blowing in the Texas wind.

The flag draped casket was carried from the hearse to the committal shelter by the six soldier United States Army Guard. The Patriot Guard Riders then formed a line of American flags around the shelter and the hundreds of mourners, as the Priest said the final prayers.

Full military honors were rendered by the Honor Guard. The detail of seven rifles fired three volleys of fire representing Duty, Honor and Country. The Army bugler played taps.

The American flag that draped Harold's coffin was carefully folded into a tight triangle and ceremoniously passed to an Army Lieutenant Colonel, who presented it to Harold's dear wife, Margo, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for his honorable and faithful service. As Margo received the flag, she held their grandson, Braylon, aged three, who was the joy of Harold's life.

CW3 Harold Lewis was then laid to rest on the windswept plain of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half-staff in his honor at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are Margo, two daughters, Braylon, a brother, a sister, numerous nieces, nephews and to many fellow soldiers, bikers and car enthusiasts to name.

Before leaving the cemetery, the members of the Chrome Cruzer club revved the engines of their motorcycles for a full sixty seconds, in honor of their fallen president.

Link to video of the funeral procession arriving at the cemetery.

With thanks to the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home for biographical information and photo and to Amanda Carter for additional photos.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for putting this together.

    -Stephanie (Harold's daughter)