Raymond A. Lewis Jr. 1955-2021

YOUNGSTOWN — Mr. Raymond A. Lewis Jr., 65, departed this life Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, surrounded by the love of his family.

Mr. Lewis was born Oct. 7, 1955, in Youngstown, the son of the late Raymond A. Lewis Sr. and Berneatha E. Sydney Lewis.

He was lovingly known by family and friends as “Ripp.” He was a 1972 graduate of South High School, attended Youngstown State University, and in his early youth he worked at General Motors before enlisting in the Air Force, in which he served 10 1/2 years as a medical administration specialist. Upon his honorable discharge with various awards, he resided in Illinois, where in 1989 he attended Belleville Area College, receiving a degree in administration of justice. He worked at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Ill. as a correctional officer.

Upon returning home, he met and married Sylvia Jordan, where they combined a loving home for their children. He worked at Rite Aid as a security / loss prevention officer during 1993-1994. He worked for Trumbull Correctional Institute in Leavittsburg, where he held the positions of correctional officer and correctional sergeant / counselor throughout his career from 1994 to 2018 and was known to many there as “Big Lew.” He earned various special training awards, and obtained a Toastmasters Club for the inmates, and achieved several Competent Communicator Awards himself, as well as holding several positions for the club, in order for it to become registered. He became a member of the Rising Sun Lodge No. 90 to begin his brotherhood journey with his father. Loving the life with his family and friends, he was an avid Browns fan and loved music. After his retirement, he worked for Community Corrections Association in 2019.

He leaves to cherish his memory, the love of his life for 27 years, Sylvia Jordan Lewis; his children, Raymond A. Lewis III of Boardman, Brandi R. E. Lewis of Nashville, Tenn., Terrance A. Lewis of Oregon; Dennis J. Jordan of New Orleans,; several close children and godchildren; a sister, Barbara Rae Lewis Jordan (Mance) of Youngstown; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Cynthia D. Lewis.

The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.,where a private service funeral service will take place for immediate family.

Social distancing will be upheld and you will be required to wear a mask before entering the building. Rules will be strictly enforced. For the health and safety of everyone, we ask that guests do not linger at the funeral home after viewing.

The F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. has been granted the honor to serve the family.

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