William Earl "Billy" Lewis

September 9, 1942 -- October 5, 2000

    When we lost Billy, we lost a great friend and a good cowboy.   Appropriately, it was only after the cattle were worked and put back in McCormick that Billy Lewis had his heart attack and went on to his greater reward.   Billy had been feeling bad for some time.   We thought it was from an injury he had received while working for a neighboring ranch.   Billy was a tough cowboy and was not much for worrying with doctors or medical advice.

    But what we will remember about Billy was his smile and laugh and his willingness to take on any job.   He never complained and always cheered anyone up who talked with him.  

Gathering the Jog on Yo Yo.   Billy knew and liked good horses. Billy was always there to make a hand.

Sam Hermesmeyer, Billy Lewis, Jason Sargent, Jay O'Brien, Elwyn McCleskey and Willie McCleskey wait out the fog.  This photograph was taken one year to the day before Billy's untimely death.

    When he saw this page, Jason said that if Billy could see it, he would giggle and be embarrassed at the attention.   The Swamp will not be the same without Billy Lewis.

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