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Celebrating the life of

Rita W. Lewis

Passed away on December 04, 2019

Rita W. Lewis

Rita Wheatley Lewis died on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the age of 71. Rita was born in 1948 in Kingsport, Tennessee. She was a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a major in music education. In 1985, she moved to Savannah where she owned Lauren’s Hallmark Shop in The Oglethorpe and Savannah Malls with her late husband, Wesley Hall Lewis III.

Rita was full of life, positivity, empathy and personality. A pillar of strength during tough times, she was a loving mother and caring grandmother who cherished time with her family. She had a love of music and a joyful faith in God. She was dedicated to her family, friends, and community. Rita never met a stranger.

She will be missed by her mother, Lila Estelle Wheatley; children, Wesley Hall Lewis IV (Amanda) and Brooke Finland (Alexander); sister, Elizabeth Laney; and her grandchildren, Charlotte and Caroline Lewis and Charles, Claire, and Clark Finland.

Rita was predeceased by her loving husband, Wesley Hall Lewis III, her father, Kyle Bruce Wheatley, and her sister, Sandra Thompson.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 12 noon at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Isle of Hope. The inurnment will be held following the service at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Memorial Gardens.

Remembrances: The Mason Guest House, 1555 Shoup Ct, Decatur, GA 30033 (In Memory of Rita Lewis – The Mason House)

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I'm so sorry to hear about Rita's passing. So many good memories of growing up together in Orebank. Rita was so nice and friendly with everyone. Estelle and Elizabeth you're in my thoughts and prayers. Linda Tate Reese

- Linda (Tate) Reese, West Columbia, SC


Rita was the nicest store owner and manager. She and Wes were local leaders and very respected at Oglethorpe Mall. I enjoyed working with her. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

- Colleen and Freddie Humphries , Savannah ,


Rita was the nicest store owner and manager. She and Wes were local leaders and very respected at Oglethorpe Mall. I enjoyed working with her. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

- Colleen and Freddie Humphries , Savannah ,


I roomed with Rita at ETSU back when we were both pups, and I remember telling her that she was the only person I ever knew who woke up talking and smiling! She had a loving and indomitable spirit and she will be dearly missed. Prayers for comfort and peace go out to her family.

- Julia Lewis, Canton, GA


Brooke, Wes, Estelle & family, Johnny & I have you in our thoughts and prayers. Rita & Bud were wonderful neighbors. She was one of our Nick's strongest prayer warriors & never failed to text and check on him. Her presence on this earth will be sadly missed but we can't help but smile, thinking about Nick welcoming Mama Rita home with a big hug! Keeping our eyes on eternity & we love you all?

- Debbie Mamalakis, Greensboro, GA


Sending prayers and love from our entire Flanary family. Estelle, faith gets us through hard times and Rita had enough for all of us. Miles and time hasn't changed the wonderful memories we shared together

- Shelby Flanary MacDonald, Lakeland, FL


Aunt Estelle and Liz my heart breaks for you. Rita was a very special person. My thoughts, love and prayers for you and the rest of the family.

- Amy Flanary Moody, Merritt Island , Fl


Dear Brooke and Family, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news about Rita. She was always a delight to be with, and I always loved being around her. My prayer is that your Faith and many happy memories will comfort and sustain you now and always. Thank God for the assurance of knowing that you will be reunited one day. Sending love and sympathy to you, Wesley, and all of your family. Jan

- Jan Crawford, Va. Beach, Va


I was so sorry to hear about Rita's passing. We graduated together in 1966 at Ketron High School. I always thought Rita was so sweet and a good friend. She has gone home to her husband, Dad and sister Sandra. May God comfort the Wheatley and Lewis families during this sad time. I will always remember what a beautiful person she was!

- Beverly Nunley Carmack, Kingsport, TN


My heart is saddened hearing Rita has passed. So many memories of our childhood growing up together in Orebank. Estelle and Elizabeth sending my love.

- Brenda (Tate) Loner, Lexington, SC


I am very sorry to hear about Rita. Our families lived across the street from each other and we grew up together. She was a wonderful girl with the best personality and very popular in our schools. Lot of fun on our street. She is remembered as a lovely lady. My condolences to Mrs. Wheatley, Rita's family and to Elizabeth and family. Prayers. Sincerely, Patty Richards Dellinger and Doug Dellinger

- Patricia Dellinger, Kingsport, Tennessee


Separated by so many miles and so many years, yet a piece of my heart and soul are gone today. For you, Aunt Estelle and Cousin Elizabeth, I realize Rita’s passing is an even greater loss. I am comforted, as I know you are, by the love of our constant, abiding Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bob and Linda Cornett

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Estelle and Elizabeth, so saddened to hear the news of Rita’s sudden passing. Just last week, as Ron and I were making plans to travel to Florida, we included a side trip to Savannah for a visit with her. I have many great memories of time spent with all of you during my childhood—those early years in Orebank, our family gatherings, Sunday afternoons at each other’s homes, and in Houston during Wes’ cancer treatment. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve Rita’s passing. Our love goes out to you....Martha

- Martha Duncan, Katy, TX


Estelle & Liz...What wonderful memories we have surely been blessed to have with Rita! Even tho we didnt stay in close touch like as kids, she will never be forgotten. She has joined the majority of our family members in Heaven and if they rejoice there as we did at our family get togethers, I can only imagine! We love you and please know that you & family are forever in our prayers. Bobby & Jan Edwards

- Bob & Jan Edwards, Blountville TN,


Will miss you girlfriend! We shared a lot over the years ! Now you are with your love Bud ?

- Betsy Franklin , Savannah, Ga


Rita was a good friend, a loving mother/grandmother and a wonderful daughter. She will he missed. I will keep her beautiful family in prayer.

- Sandy Champion, Savannah, Ga


Praying for comfort at this time! I’m so sorry for your loss!

- Gwen Hobbs, Kingsport , Tn


We know Rita is rejoicing in the presence of God. We are thankful that God gave us the chance to share the earthly part of her journey. He is now holding her in His arms. May her family And friends find comfort in this. Sending our condolences.

- Donna and Bill Sade, Kingsport, TN


I was so sorry to learn of Rita's passing. I'm praying for comfort for you, her family, as you keep the memories of her in your hearts.. May time and the strength of God bless you during this time. If there is anything I can do to help, please reach out to me. Dot O

- Dot Owens, Savannah, GA


I'm so sorry to hear about Rita's passing. So many good memories of growing up together in Orebank. Rita was so nice and friendly with everyone. Estelle and Elizabeth you're in my thoughts and prayers. Linda Tate Reese

- Linda (Tate) Reese, West Columbia, SC


Rita was the nicest store owner and manager. She and Wes were local leaders and very respected at Oglethorpe Mall. I enjoyed working with her. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

- Colleen and Freddie Humphries , Savannah ,


Rita was the nicest store owner and manager. She and Wes were local leaders and very respected at Oglethorpe Mall. I enjoyed working with her. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

- Colleen and Freddie Humphries , Savannah ,


I roomed with Rita at ETSU back when we were both pups, and I remember telling her that she was the only person I ever knew who woke up talking and smiling! She had a loving and indomitable spirit and she will be dearly missed. Prayers for comfort and peace go out to her family.

- Julia Lewis, Canton, GA


Brooke, Wes, Estelle & family, Johnny & I have you in our thoughts and prayers. Rita & Bud were wonderful neighbors. She was one of our Nick's strongest prayer warriors & never failed to text and check on him. Her presence on this earth will be sadly missed but we can't help but smile, thinking about Nick welcoming Mama Rita home with a big hug! Keeping our eyes on eternity & we love you all?

- Debbie Mamalakis, Greensboro, GA


Sending prayers and love from our entire Flanary family. Estelle, faith gets us through hard times and Rita had enough for all of us. Miles and time hasn't changed the wonderful memories we shared together

- Shelby Flanary MacDonald, Lakeland, FL


Aunt Estelle and Liz my heart breaks for you. Rita was a very special person. My thoughts, love and prayers for you and the rest of the family.

- Amy Flanary Moody, Merritt Island , Fl


Dear Brooke and Family, I am so very sorry to hear this sad news about Rita. She was always a delight to be with, and I always loved being around her. My prayer is that your Faith and many happy memories will comfort and sustain you now and always. Thank God for the assurance of knowing that you will be reunited one day. Sending love and sympathy to you, Wesley, and all of your family. Jan

- Jan Crawford, Va. Beach, Va


I was so sorry to hear about Rita's passing. We graduated together in 1966 at Ketron High School. I always thought Rita was so sweet and a good friend. She has gone home to her husband, Dad and sister Sandra. May God comfort the Wheatley and Lewis families during this sad time. I will always remember what a beautiful person she was!

- Beverly Nunley Carmack, Kingsport, TN


A candle has been lit!

- Whitley Reynolds , Georg


A candle has been lit!

- heryl Reynolds , Georg


My heart is saddened hearing Rita has passed. So many memories of our childhood growing up together in Orebank. Estelle and Elizabeth sending my love.

- Brenda (Tate) Loner, Lexington, SC


I am very sorry to hear about Rita. Our families lived across the street from each other and we grew up together. She was a wonderful girl with the best personality and very popular in our schools. Lot of fun on our street. She is remembered as a lovely lady. My condolences to Mrs. Wheatley, Rita's family and to Elizabeth and family. Prayers. Sincerely, Patty Richards Dellinger and Doug Dellinger

- Patricia Dellinger, Kingsport, Tennessee


Separated by so many miles and so many years, yet a piece of my heart and soul are gone today. For you, Aunt Estelle and Cousin Elizabeth, I realize Rita’s passing is an even greater loss. I am comforted, as I know you are, by the love of our constant, abiding Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bob and Linda Cornett

- , ,


Estelle and Elizabeth, so saddened to hear the news of Rita’s sudden passing. Just last week, as Ron and I were making plans to travel to Florida, we included a side trip to Savannah for a visit with her. I have many great memories of time spent with all of you during my childhood—those early years in Orebank, our family gatherings, Sunday afternoons at each other’s homes, and in Houston during Wes’ cancer treatment. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve Rita’s passing. Our love goes out to you....Martha

- Martha Duncan, Katy, TX


Estelle & Liz...What wonderful memories we have surely been blessed to have with Rita! Even tho we didnt stay in close touch like as kids, she will never be forgotten. She has joined the majority of our family members in Heaven and if they rejoice there as we did at our family get togethers, I can only imagine! We love you and please know that you & family are forever in our prayers. Bobby & Jan Edwards

- Bob & Jan Edwards, Blountville TN,


Will miss you girlfriend! We shared a lot over the years ! Now you are with your love Bud ?

- Betsy Franklin , Savannah, Ga


A candle has been lit!

- Jan Crawford , Virg


Rita was a good friend, a loving mother/grandmother and a wonderful daughter. She will he missed. I will keep her beautiful family in prayer.

- Sandy Champion, Savannah, Ga


Praying for comfort at this time! I’m so sorry for your loss!

- Gwen Hobbs, Kingsport , Tn


We know Rita is rejoicing in the presence of God. We are thankful that God gave us the chance to share the earthly part of her journey. He is now holding her in His arms. May her family And friends find comfort in this. Sending our condolences.

- Donna and Bill Sade, Kingsport, TN


A candle has been lit!

- Sandra Champion , Georg


A candle has been lit!

- Sandra Champion , Georg


I was so sorry to learn of Rita's passing. I'm praying for comfort for you, her family, as you keep the memories of her in your hearts.. May time and the strength of God bless you during this time. If there is anything I can do to help, please reach out to me. Dot O

- Dot Owens, Savannah, GA


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200