Lewis Oatts Sr., 88, of Louisville went home to be with God on June 2.
He was born April 5, 1923, in Monticello to Shelby Dave and Bessie Coffey Oatts.
Dave and Bessie had five children together and lived at Oatts Bottom until the Corps of Engineers bought the farm to build Lake Cumberland. Lewis learned to farm, and at age 14, he and his sister Margaret were both saved, joined the church, and were baptized together.
In 1951, Lewis married Gleah Mae Latham of Albany, Ky. They had three children, Judy Oatts Vannatta of Louisville, Lewis Ted Oatts of Columbus, Ohio, and George David Oatts and wife Kim of Nicholasville.
In 1954, the family moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Lewis started his own trucking company.
He was a member of the Dayton Baptist Temple and Fairview Baptist Church.
In 1981, Lewis moved to Baytown, Texas, and joined the Northside Baptist Church, making many lasting friends. In 2006, Lewis moved to Louisville to be near his family. He fought the good fight in life and always praised the name of God no matter what the circumstances.
Lewis gave to various ministries and had a heart for the poor and orphans. He loved to hear and sing the old hymns, and with a twinkle in his eye, he never missed an opportunity to talk to anyone about “Sweet Jesus.” He always had a story to tell.
He is survived by his sister, Margaret Oatts Barker and husband Charles; seven grandchildren, Michael Vannatta, Jennifer Oatts Martinez and husband Fernando, Diane Oatts Loehr and husband Jason, John Oatts and Robin Oatts, all of Columbus, Ohio, and Tyler and Wesley Oatts of Nicholasville.
He was preceded in death by parents Shelby Dave and Bessie Oatts; sisters Emma and Nell Oatts; brother Shell Oatts; and niece Janette of Monticello.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Monticello. Burial was in the Oak Spring Cemetery.
Arrangements courtesy of Newcomer Funeral Home, Louisville.