Bobby Eugene Lewellen, 76, a unique storyteller who loved to travel

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Bobby “Bob” Eugene Lewellen, 76, born on this day January 5, 1939 and raised in Donelson, TN, passed away from extended illness in Newport News, VA on December 31, 2015.

Bob and family moved from Donelson to Clarksville, TN, where they shared many wonderful memories for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph V. and Dorothy A. Wilkes-Lewellen, and his brother, James D. Lewellen.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Gracie Leona; his son Michael D. (Kathy); grandchildren Michael Jr. (Dawn, Bryce and Cooper); Jennifer Lewellen-Lundie (Matthew and Avery Mae); Matthew (Leah) Lewellen. He is also survived, and greatly missed, by many loving family members.

Bob began his career in the U.S. Navy, aboard the USS Saratoga-CVA 60, which created his career path into the travel industry, first with Ozark Airlines and then with Trans World Airlines (TWA) in Nashville, TN. He transferred to Clarksville, TN to manage the Scheduled Airline Traffic Office (SATO) for TWA at the U.S. Army Base in Ft. Campbell, KY.

His desire for travel led him to open an agency known as Universal Travel, Inc. in Clarksville, TN. Bob and wife traveled internationally and domestically for many years until his illness led to his retirement from the industry.

One of Bob’s greatest pleasures was his love for community service, which began early in his youth as a swimming and diving instructor at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan. While in Donelson, TN, Bob served on the board for Jaycees and with the American Little League as president, board member and coach.

He also held a number of board memberships while in Clarksville, TN, including: Chamber of Commerce, Coach Babe Ruth baseball, Action for Youth 5-Rivers Campus, Community Action Agency, Austin Peay State University (APSU) Governors Club, and Chairman of APSU Governors Club Hospitality for Acme Boot Showdown Classic.

In addition, he enjoyed membership with several other organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the United Way and the Clarksville Noon Rotary Club, where he served as Club Secretary, Chairman of the Rotary Auction for seven years, was named Mr. Rotary Twice, and was a recipient of the highest honor, the Paul Harris Award.

He was also a member of the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Tennessee (Clarksville Lodge #89), the Middle Tennessee York Rite Association, the Royal Arch Masons (Clarksville Chapter #3) and the International Shrine Clown Association.

Bob was a devoted loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and shared his spirit of life to his many family members and friends. He was a social person with a love for traveling especially to Ireland, passion for country music, an avid reader, unique storyteller, and could spin a joke or two. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later day in Nashua, TN.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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