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Osylee M. Lewis of Wingate died Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the Seaford Center in Seaford,DE. He was 89.
He was born September 22, 1922 in Wingate, son of the late James and Floy Windsor Lewis. He was one of ten children.
Educated in public schools in South Dorchester, Osylee graduated from Crapo High School. For many years Osylee worked as a waterman, crabbing and oystering, having learned well from his father and older brothers who prepared him for this life’s work.
Osylee joined the U.S. Army as a young man. During World War II he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, honorably discharged with the rank of Tech-4 with the Army Corps of Engineers.
During the war Osylee married the former Arie Naomi Parks. Returning after his service tenure they continued making their home in Wingate where he pursued his family’s tradition of a waterman. With his wife Naomi they established a crabpot-making business which not only served local waterman but crabbers in Virginia and the Western Shore of Maryland who appreciated the quality of his craft.
Throughout his life, Osylee was dedicated to his church and his community. A lifetime member of Wingate Methodist Church, he served in many capacities and finally as superintendent. He was also a Methodist-Conference-Trained Lay Speaker.
Osylee enjoyed helping all people especially young people. He was a force in encouraging many young men who worked for him to understand the value of a good education, Christian beliefs and service to others. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years, fondly remembered and respected by many of those who grew up in the area.
Osylee later worked for Sears, where his smiling face and eagerness to help attitude, made him perfect for his job.
Serving the community as a member of the Lakes and Straits Vol. Fire Co. was also a passion he enjoyed. Osylee was also a member of the American Legion Post #91.
Osylee is survived by his wife of 68 years Arie Naomi; a son James and wife Brenda of New Castle, DE; a daughter Anna (Lewis) Sayers and husband Richard of Newark, DE; three grandchildren Daniel Lewis and wife Jeanette; Julie Lewis Saville and husband John and Alison Hollingsworth; six great grandchildren, Samantha, Amanda, David, Grace, Kate and Angela. His sister Edna Wheatley will be 101 in February.
Preceding him in death besides his parents, are six brothers Weller, Norris, Leon, Jerome (Earl), David and Baby James and two sisters Audrey Willey and Adele Sarvey.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at the Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A. (formerly Curran-Bromwell) Cambridge, MD. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Officiating at the service will be Rev.David Kreek, Rev.MaryAnn Farnell and Rev.Barbara Mills. Interment will follow at the Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Beulah with Military Honors.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bruce Meekins, Bobby Parks, Larry Parks, William (Snooks) Windsor, O’Neal Windsor, John Saville and Dan Lewis. Honorary pallbearers will be Clarence Pritchett, Reginald Lewis, John Bealefeld and Chris Jones.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Osylee can be sent to the Wingate Methodist Church c/o Bruce Meekins 2015 Wingate Bishops Head Rd. Wingate, MD. 21675.
To send online condolences, please visit www.newcombcollins.com.
Tuesday January 10, 2012 , 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.
Tuesday January 10, 2012 , 10:30 a.m.
Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A.
Posted by: Herbert Thomas Lewis, Jr. I will surely miss my fond memories of crabbing with you on the bay and other things that I learned from you as a child. I thanks you so much for the caring person that you are. 03/02/2013 Posted by: Tanya Moore Roberts Indeed the wind is in Osylee's sails. So many have found memories of him. God Bless the family on the loss of a wounderful friend. Tanya 01/19/2012 Posted by: andra parry rebar Jim and Anna-- I am so sorry to read of your loss. May God be with you and your Mom during this difficut time. Andra Lee; aka Andi 01/19/2012 Posted by: Brenda Harding Goodwin So sorry to hear of Osylee's passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers 01/10/2012 Posted by: Holly Phillips Huffer Mr Osylee was a great man and will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers for the Lewis family, wishing I could be there in person. 01/10/2012 Posted by: Christine M. Saville My sincere condolences to the Lewis Family of Mr.Osylee Lewis. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. 01/09/2012 Posted by: The Heller & Lestardo Family We are all sorry to hear of Mr. Lewis's death. Our sincere condolences to Julie, John, Jim, Dan and all the families, a great wonderful man will truly be missed. 01/09/2012 Posted by: Jeana & Tommy Dean, Colorado Our Deepest Condoleneces to Naomi and all of Osylee's family. Osylee was a great man and he will truly be missed. Our Love and Blessings are with you. 01/09/2012 Posted by: Zoe Ann Small Osylee was a wonderful man. I am so thankful of my times spent with him on Skipjack Martha Lewis. His stories and the expert ways of handling the mainsail during our many races. The love and support he gave his family. What a gem. Wonderful sweet man. 01/08/2012 Posted by: Joanne M. Rue I am so sorry to hear of Oslee's death. I have fond childhood memories of his smiling face and spending time with the family. I had not seen him for 5 or more years, but he looked the same. What a precious man. Joanne Mills Rue (Tete Mills' daughter) 01/08/2012 Posted by: Allan Murphy My sincere condolences to the family. Mr. Osylee was a fine gentleman, in my opinion, and truly will be missed. 01/08/2012 Posted by: Hunter MacLauchlan To the Family: I just wanted to say that Mr. Osylee will be greatly missed. The things that this man taught to kids and peeople in the community will never be forgotten. i am so glad to have grown up knowing this man and his graddaughter Julie and her family. Mr. Osylee you will be FOREVER missed. 01/07/2012 Posted by: Barbie Phillips What a wonderful man he was. Heaven has gotten another angel to look over us. My sympathies are with the whole Lewis family. 01/07/2012 Posted by: Cheryl Bramble Mrs. Naomi, Anna, Jimmy and family, Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Osylee. He was such an inspirational person. As a kid, I always looked forward to Bible School knowing that he was going to be there. I had forgotten that he had worked for Sears,but it sparked a memory of when he came to work on our broken TV. His smile will be missed. But he is sailing on to a much better place! 01/07/2012 Posted by: Doris Windsor May we take comfort in another angel watches over our family 01/06/2012 Posted by: Camilla Lewis Sending thoughts of love and warmth to the rest of the Lewis family. 01/06/2012 Posted by: Camilla Lewis I love you Uncle Osylee. You and Naomi were wonderful to me when I was young, and lived in Wingate. I may not have been able to meet my grandfather (Weller), but I'm glad I got to meet you. Thank you for your kindness, with love Cammy 01/06/2012 Posted by: Jeff Sarvey Good bye to a great man the apple of my Mom's eye. You are remembered by the many stories told about you at family reunions and your always good natured teasings. Love always Jeff 01/06/2012 Posted by: Sharon Blazes Lewis Family - I am sorry for your loss. There is comfort is knowing Osylee went home where he will continue to watch over all of you, every day. All my love, Sharon. XO 01/06/2012 Posted by: A Seaton To The Lee Family: I wish to extend my condolence: To Lose a loved one in death can be one of the worse emotional experience we have to face. But the Bible truths lessen the sorrow and grief. For it tells us why we are dying and the hope for the death. Romans 5 12 . Tells us why man is dying. John 5 28, 29 gives hope for the dead. Finally Isa 25 8,9 tells of a time when death will be swallowed up . I encourage you to read the Bible, Always go to God in prayer. Again I send my condolences A Seaton 01/06/2012 Posted by: Julie Lewis Saville One of the greatest men that ever walked this earth moved to Heaven today. He was a decorated WWII Veteran, Volunteer Firefighter, Church Elder, and Sailor. The charisma, sense of humor and compassion he had for others surpasses anything I have ever seen. I learned so much from my summers working on the boat with him. I am devastated that this First Mate has lost her Captain. 01/05/2012 Posted by: John Saville Somewhere on the other side is the soul of a great man. You touched lives of many and kept us mesmerized with countless stories. You will be sadly missed but always kept close in everyone's hearts. Thank you for accepting me into your family. Your legacy lives in your Granddaughter Julie Saville and grandson Dan Lewis who carry your values and beliefs and your love of life. Your great grandchildren are proving to carry the lewis bloodline and love for life as well. I couldn't have asked for a better family to become part of. See you on the other side...eventually! RIP! Osylee Lewis 01/05/2012: May the wind fill your sails and carry you to the heavens, reunite you with those that have passed, while you wait for us to join you on the voyage God has prepared. 01/05/2012 Posted by: Judi Keene Jenkins Dear Jimmy, Anna and family So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Osylee. He was a wonderful man. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and blessings 01/05/2012
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