In Loving Memory of James "Nathan" Lewis
I was sitting on a friends couch Monday morning drinking coffee and reading the paper. I came upon an article of accident occuring in Navarre on Nelson Street that had killed the driver and seriously injured the other passengers. I did know the first person mentioned Sarah McCormick. I have known her since she was about five years old. Then I kept reading and the next name that I see is Nathan Lewis. It felt like for a split second that my heart had completely stopped as I realized who it was. I put the paper down and told my friend that I had to go and without another word I walked out her front door and to my car. The closer I got to the car the more my eyes filled with tears and the faster the memories of a childhood friend went flying thru my mind. You know I had not seen Nate in awhile and now I regret that. I wish that all those times that I had thought about coming out to visit that I had because now it is to late. You know Nathan never changed thru all the years of us being friends. No matter if it had been a month or a year I always got the same nice greeting a punch to the arm like I was one of the boys and then the hug to make sure that I was OK and he always made sure it was quick so that no one saw him being nice, because you know he had an image to uphold. Nate had his moments but if you really knew Nate you knew that he always had your back no matter where he was or what he was doing. The last week I have caught myself thinking about all the fun that we had and all the memories that we made. How Nathan was always doing something crazy and if you were around you would be doing something just as stupid shortly thereafter. From hanging out in the woods, goofing off around a bonfire, or trying to get ourselves out of the trouble that we had most likely all gotten ourselves into. It is a tragedy that Nate has left the way he has, but out of all the people I have known in my life I think that Nathan probabally was one of the few that actually did live his life to the absolute fullest and never went a day without laughing or having fun. Some people say that he lived life on the edge and maybe he did or maybe those people just haven't figured out what living life is all about. It is sad that he is gone because he had his whole life ahead of him and for us it will be the hardest to let go and move on. Just be thankfull that you were lucky enough to be a part of his life. We all know that the life he is living now is way better than this one could ever be. He is on the other side of those pearly gates right now in the biggest mudhole in the prettiest truck you have ever seen with the biggest rebel flag flying from the back like angels wings and having the time of his life. He is with all of us noweverywhere we go watching over us and helping to protect us.
Nathan Lewis we will all miss you tremendously and you will never be forgotten. We will keep the memory of "Big Country" in our hearts and thoughts forever. So, try not to tear up all the golden streets above before we get there to see them. Until then, we love you very much and we will miss you more than you could ever know. We love you Nate and rest in peace until we meet again someday..........
IF THIS IS THE MIKE THAT GREW UP WITH NATHAN PLEASE EMAIL ME
THANKS AND NATE WE WILL MISS YOU