Funeral service for Deacon Lewis James Bingham, Sr. who passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Mary Missionary Baptist Church, 3901 N. 37th Street, Tampa, FL with the pastor Elder Thomas J. Reed, officiating. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Tampa, FL.
Lewis was preceded in death by his loving and faithful wife of more than 56 years, Elouise.
He leaves to cherish memories of him with his sons, the other loves of his life: Clarence (Maxine) Mann of Daytona Beach; Michael (Brenda) Bingham of Miami; Lewis (Melody) Bingham, Jr; of Tampa; and Stanley Bingham and Darryl Bingham of Tampa; nieces and nephews, Barbara June (Fred) Roach of Tampa; Oscar (Fran) Cox of New York; Samuel Cox, Jr of Gainesville; Gregory Cox of Micanopy; Valerie (Jeff) Gray of Virginia; and Juanita (King) Bryan of N. Carolina; 17 grandchildren: Christopher, Michael Jr, Atiya, Dont’e, Laela, Chantice, Demetria, Ashley, Kimberly, Jasmine, Satura, Shonte’, Nakita, Sariah, Sanquanette, Cynthia, and BomQuesha; lots and lots of great-grands; and a host of other relatives, neighbors and faithful friends. Once again, the chain has been broken; another link is now missing forever! We love you and we will dearly miss you, Lewis!
A native of Micanopy, Florida Mr. Bingham was born on March 19, 1932 to the parentage of the late Oscar and Quincy Mae Hall Bingham. He was one of three siblings. Lewis was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Gainesville, Florida. He later joined the US Army and received an honorable discharge after serving 5 years. Lewis married the love of his life Elouise W. Sipp and from this union, they lovingly raised five sons. Lewis worked as the Head Chef of Morrison’s Cafeteria in Ocala, Florida. He later transferred to Tampa to a larger store in 1961.
At some point Lewis went to work for GTE as a Central Office Equipment Installer, retiring in 1993. He enjoyed over 20 years of retirement. Lewis had a great love for growing flowers, roses in particular were his favorite. Even though he was legally blind for over 11 years another love that was near and dear to his heart was cooking. Lewis was a long time member of Grace Mary Missionary Baptist Church where he proudly served on the Deacon Board. Deacon Bingham loved his church and his pastor. When he was in good health he faithfully attended church every Sunday and was always proud to have his family visit with him.
There will be a viewing on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home, 3000 N. 29th Street, Tampa, FL, and the family will receive friends in the chapel from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.