Julius Matthews Lewis was born on June 21, 1951 to the late Gertrude Gladys and Philemon Henry Lewis. During his life, Julius called a few places home. He was born in Chicago, Illinois; also lived in Paincourtville, Louisiana; and eventually settled in New Orleans, Louisiana almost 20 years ago.
Julius served honorably in the U.S. Army. He appreciated hearing, “Thank you for your service,” as he was a proud Vietnam War Veteran. Julius received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device 60, and 1 Overseas Bar.
Julius, known as Brother Khaleefa, was a member of the Nation of Islam—a Sunni Muslim. He affectionately shared the tenets of this faith—Love and Caring for Spouse and Family—with Tyra Mercadel, his 10 year-companion and partner. Tyra later became his wife. Julius was always willing to help others.
Julius was a long time “friend of Bill W” and here his family grew immensely. The New Orleans Boulevard Club became a second home for him. Many came from near and far to receive words of experience, strength, and hope from Julius.
Julius battled with illnesses to include kidney failure over his later years. On July 11, 2020 Julius’ battle with Stage 4 Kidney Disease took him to eternal rest.
Julius is survived by his loving wife, Tyra Lewis; his son, Julius Lewis, Jr.; his daughters, Shawnee Palmer and Shevonne Palmer; his granddaughter, Arshiniece Palmer (lovingly nicknamed by Julius as Rose); his three grandsons, Matthew Rayford, Myron Rayford, and Carlos Palmer (nicknamed by granddad, Hell Boy); and one great-grandson, Makyron Rayford.
Also cherishing Julius’ passing are Tyra’s children whom he loved as his own: Stephen Turner Jr. (Conchetta), Julia Davis (Marcus), Lawren Mercadel (affectionately known to him as Twiggy). Julius was “Poppa Julius”/granddad, to Stephen III, Skyler, Semaj, Marquise, and Mason.
Julius was lovingly known as “Brother” to his siblings: Wanda Lewis Smith, Mona Lisa Lewis (deceased), Wendy Lewis Wade, Philemon Lewis Jr. (Deveree), and Christopher Lewis (deceased).
Finally, Julius leaves to cherish his memory, a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, VACHE, Brenda, Taz, Sara, Mia, Kevin, Sue and “the Fellowship”.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral service on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 10A.M., at Robinson Family Funeral Home located at 9611 HWY. 23 Belle Chasse, La, 70037. There will be a limited visitation at 9A.M.
Due to COVID – 19, everyone in attendance is required to wear a Face Mask or other proper facial covering.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to ROBINSON FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 9611 HWY. 23 BELLE CHASSE, LA 70037. (504) 208 – 2119.
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