Rena Mae Lewis, 77, beloved wife of the late James C. Lewis of Greenville, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021.
Born in Greenville, SC, she was a daughter of the late Wade and Mary Victoria (McAllister) Bryson.
Growing up Rena was outgoing and made friends easily. She graduated from Parker High School and worked briefly at Cash and Carry before entering the textile industry. She began her career in textiles at J. P. Stevens & Company in Greenville and retired as an inspector at Dunean Mill in Greenville.
Rena and James married in December of 1960, and the couple was blessed with four children. They enjoyed camping and going to the mountains. After her husband passed away at the age of 63, Rena showed enormous strength and courage to carry on alone. Rena continued visiting the beaches to feel the warmth of the sun and sand on her toes. In later years, Rena would go downtown to sit outside, enjoy a drink, and soak up the energy of the city. Her personality was vibrant, independent, and feisty at times but always loving and encouraging. Rena was a special Mom and Grandma who will never be forgotten.
Rena’s memories are forever cherished in the hearts of her four children, Scott Lewis, Michael Lewis (Heather Hollingsworth), Tracey Medlin (Richey Massey), Amy Lister (Chris Brown); eight grandchildren, Mitchell Tyler, Amanda Lewis, Ashley Wilson (Kyle Wilson), Cody Lewis, Haley Quinn (Chad Quinn), Logan Lister (Zach Fields), James Medlin, and Brody Brown; five great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Taniya, and Gabriella Lewis, Ivy Quinn, and Wylder Fields; and three sisters-in-law, Emma George, Bettyann Hickey, and Annie Mae Lewis and their families.
In addition to her parents and loving husband, she was preceded in death by sister, Hilda Jean Doan.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 4, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. The funeral service will be Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery West.