Montgomery County sheriff dies after illness - WSMV News 4

Montgomery County sheriff dies after illness

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The longtime sheriff of Montgomery County has died after a battle with leukemia.

Norman Lewis, who had undergone stem cell treatments in Houston, TX, in previous weeks, died at his home in Montgomery County, according to county Mayor Carolyn Bowers.

Bowers said the news has been devastating on both a personal and professional level. 

"My husband Mike and Norman started their careers together at the TN Highway Patrol, and they remained friends throughout the years. Norman even encouraged me to run for county mayor," Bowers said.

"He was truly a kind person who loved his community. We could talk about anything going on and he knew about it, and he cared about what happened in his community. I think that will live on in everything he did," said Montgomery County public information officer Elizabeth Black.

Lewis had served three terms as sheriff. He was born in Harlan, KY, in 1941, and joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1966.

Lewis is survived by his wife and four children.

Montgomery County officials said Chief Deputy John Smith will run the department until it's decided how to proceed.

Visitation will be Oct. 18 from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Clarksville. The funeral will be held on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at the church. 

Lewis will be buried at Pleasant View Cemetery in Houston County, TN.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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