Lewis was born in Cottontown Arkansas,or as he would say near Dardanelle in Yell County,December 26,1925. His passing occurred Thursday March 10th 2005. There will be a Graveside service Wednesday March the 16th at Oceanview Cemetary at 10 AM. He was the son of Johnnie James Coffman and Myrtle Agusta Douglas,both of Arkansas.His ancestors were hardy settlers come from Virginia,North Carolina, and Tennessee. His line can be traced in one instance as far back as 1400's Bavaria. Lewis grew up a farm boy on the edge of the Ozarks, and his heart was forever yearning for his simple boyhood past.He left home at 14, and while at one of his first jobs at a hotel in Little Rock he helped make a Birthday cake for FDR. He continued working around the state for many years. He was fond of cotton and cattle and was a skilled dairyman at an early age. He once beat the state champion in a private test of speed in picking cotton. When WW2 started he tried to enlist 11 times,but was turned back because he was partly deaf. Having made his last attempt for the Merchant Marine service he almost succeeded till he was spotted and turned away by the Navy recruiter. They encouraged him to work in the aircraft factorys,which he did in California. Finding California for Lewis was like being as near to paradise as you could get, he found Hollywood a great place to rub elbows with the stars and even tried a little song writing. After traveling back to his native state and once again picking cotton. He met and later marriedAnn L. Brock of Mississippi County.She is the daughter of John R C Brock and Rebecca Ann King. The happy couple married December 17th, 1948 in Arkansas,later moving to Missouri, Arizona,and settling in Brawley California for 25 years to raise their children. While there he was baptized into the faith ofJesus Christ which he upheld with a humble heart for the rest of his life.Later in life he retired to Sutter County in Yuba City California where as always he made good friends. If he could say so now,he would want them to know he thought of them all.And would thank them for their many years of help and goodwill to him and Ann. Louie as he was often called had many friends, he loved fishing and huntingin the desert with them. And it is also where he coached and directed a Baseball Little League for boys that did not have the chance to join the regular Leagues. He ignored race and creed in a time when many in the world found it uncomfortable. And feared no man while doing so,because it was right. Lewis's greatest memory for his life was becoming a father for the first time. His children are Brenda Joyce Pierce of Missouri, Kenneth Douglas Coffman of Charleston South Carolina, and James Mark Coffman of Eureka. He has ten Grandchildren, and four Great Grandchildren,and will forever be remembered as a quiet and polite man that believed as Voltaire whom he would paraphrase,” I may not believe as you believe but I will die defending your right to do as you will”.