Oliver "O.C." Curtis Lewis

May 10, 1944 ~ July 8, 2019 (age 75)
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Oliver Curtis “O.C.” Lewis, 75, of Harkers Island, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 at Carteret Health Care after an extended illness.

Oliver, known to many as "O.C.", was a commercial fisherman and working on the ocean and sounds of North and South Carolina is what he loved best. During his younger and middle age years, he successfully ran the Captain Oliver of Morehead City and several other trawlers. Later in life, he proudly owned The Scarlett Marie and the Capt. O.C. boats. His first mates were Claude "Nuke" Lewis for over 20 years and Clarence "Tweeny" Willis. He continued shrimping until his health declined forcing him to retire in 2014.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Free Grace Wesleyan Church officiated by Rev. Clinton Nelson. Interment will follow at the Vergie Mae Cemetery on Harkers Island.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Elaine Gookins Lewis; step-daughter, Mardell Mitchell and her husband Brian; he was "Poppie" to grandchildren, Tucker and Kaci Mitchell, all of Harkers Island. Never having children of his own, they were the highlights of his life. He is also survived by brother, Mitchell Lewis and his wife Melinda; and many loved nieces; nephews; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Brady and Elizabeth Lewis; sisters; Lela Mae Willis; Bethine Bryant; and Christine Rose; and brothers, Makley Lewis; and Daniel "Danny Boy" Lewis.

The family will receive friends the hour prior to the service.

Flowers are welcome, or donations can be made to: Free Grace Wesleyan Church PO Box 458, Harkers Island, NC 28531

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Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.

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