C. Lewis Stokes

Published 10:58 am Tuesday, July 5, 2016

C. Lewis Stokes

July 2, 2016

C. Lewis Stokes, 71, of Bainbridge, Ga., formerly of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016.

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The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Morningside Baptist Church with Mr. Rex L.”Buck” Powell and Rev. Jimmy Dean officiating. The men of Morningside Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.

The family received friends immediately following the service at Morningside Baptist Church. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Morningside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 7009, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818.

Clinton Lewis Stokes was born December 10, 1944 in Lake Wales, Fla. the son of Clinton Willard Stokes and Doris Jean Massey Stokes. Lewis was a retired cattle rancher, a Free and Accepted Mason, and a member of Golfview Baptist Church in Lake Wales. After moving to Bainbridge, Mr. Stokes attended Morningside Baptist Church. Many people said that Lewis was just an old cowboy, but that only scratched the surface of who he really was. Mr. Stokes was a devoted family man and spending time with them was the highlight of his day. Lewis was a master horse trainer, both working horses and racehorses. He loved college football, especially the Florida Gators, and could often be found watching old western movies on television.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Glenda Stokes of Bainbridge, Ga.; his children Karla Dean and her husband, Chad, Kevin Manley and his wife, Laura, Karin Jo Lambeth and her husband, Billy, all of Bainbridge; his mother Doris Griffin of Winter Haven, Fla.; his siblings, Joe Stokes of Lake Wales, Dennis Stokes of Chipley, Fla., Linda Hare of Lake Wales, and Sherry Kitner of Sanford, Fla.; his grandchildren, Justin, Jessica, Jacob, Travis, Bailey, Sydney, Presley, Lexie, Bowen, Colton, Cati Jo, Carlyann, Carrilynn, Cassilee, Jennifer and Cailyn; and his great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Hadley.

Lewis was preceded in death by his father, Clinton Willard Stokes.