A Homegoing Celebration for Deacon David R. Lewis of Tampa, Florida who passed away on, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, will be held on Saturday, July 25th, 2:00 p.m. at New Mt. Zion M.B. Church, 2511 E. Columbus Dr., Pastor Larry Roundtree II, officiating. The interment will be held in Myrtle Hill Cemetery.
David Rodney Lewis was born October 15, 1952 in Houston, Texas to Hebert and Marion Lewis. He was the first born of four children. David accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age, he was Christian and became a member of Johnson Chapel A.M.E Church in Harrisburg-Smith Addition in Houston, Texas. David joined The New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where he was baptized and served under the leadership of Reverend Walter J. Williams and now Pastor Larry Roundtree II.
He was an honor roll student at Lincoln High School in San Diego, CA. He was also an all-state player during his junior and senior years. He was named defensive player of the year. His career at the University of Southern California (USC Trojans) was highlighted by a national championship and a host of academic and athletic achievement awards and accolades. David graduated from The University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. David was an avid sports fan, he was exceptionally talented in football, basketball, and baseball. However, his love for football would prove to be his career choice; David was honored as an All American and All PAC 10 player. He was the USC defensive player of the year and was inducted into the All-time Great Team of Southeastern California in 2012. David was the Buccaneers second round draft pick in 1977 by his former college coach, John McKay which began his career in the National Football League, He also made the Pro Bowl in 1980. David went on to play for the Los Angels Rams and San Diego Chargers. David realized his football career would not last forever and said he did not want to be labeled as a “dumb football player”. Because of that negative label he persevered and was a remarkably successful business owner in Child Care (Fun Factory Child Care Centers) and Culinary (Baby cakes Restaurants).
David had a love for children and made sure he kept in touch with all of them and they kept in touch with him. David was also extremely passionate and talented in bowling. He participated in many tournaments throughout the United States and won many awards. He was an avid bowler with the “Showtyme” bowling team. After his career with the NFL, David love for the game and children led him to his career in coaching high school football. Over the past 17 years, David has impacted so many young men on and off the field and during his coaching tenure at Tampa Catholic High School, Blake High School and Jefferson High School. He served various capacities such as defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and head coach.
He leaves to cherish his unforgettable love, wife Bonnie Asberry-Lewis; daughter, Brianna Lewis- Tampa FL; son, Kelcey Griffin (Tyrecia) Beaumont Texas; sisters, Mary Tillis and Carla Queen of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Anthony, Aniija, Bryce and Talona; uncles, John Van Lewis, Houston, Texas and Don McNeil; and a host of relatives, friends, teammates and churchmates who will miss him.
The visitation will be held at New Mt. Zion M.B. Church, 2511 E. Columbus Dr., on Friday, July 24th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. We are following the CDC guidelines.
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