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Beloved Local Man Dies in Tragic Accident Wednesday Morning

A local described as a gentle man who didn’t know a stranger died in a tragic accident Wednesday morning west of Carmi.  68 year old Stanley Lewis, originally of Cairo, died near County Road 800 East sometime before 10:30 while doing what so many people saw him doing over the years, mowing.  The White County Sheriff’s Department reports officers were called along with a request for an ambulance in response to an overturned zero turn lawn mower.

Ambulance personnel say they were able to free Lewis from the overturned mower which was submerged in a water filled ditch.  It was two Carmi residents who noticed the overturned mower while turning onto Route 14 from County Road 800 E in a vehicle.  It was when the two stopped to try and help that they noticed there was a body underneath the mower submerged in water.

White County Coroner Chris Marsh will perform an autopsy today (Friday) at 1pm and we expect to have additional details this afternoon.  Lewis was well known throughout his adopted community.  Since his death, locals have taken to social media to share stories of Stanley’s perpetual positivity and friendliness.  At least one local individual whose life was impacted by Lewis has suggested raising funds to purchase a bench as a memorial.  Besides seeing him mowing, many remember seeing Stanley perched outside Wal Mart passing time by greeting passersby as they entered and left.

In addition to his community, Mr. Lewis leaves behind 5 brothers and 3 sisters.  Funeral services haven’t been announced at this time.

  1. Brittany Rutledge
    Brittany Rutledge
    April 2, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Sadly He also left behind his son

  2. Melissa Brown
    Melissa Brown
    April 2, 2021 at 10:05 am

    He also had a son.

  3. Carolyn Thomas
    Carolyn Thomas
    April 2, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Such a terrible loss such a great guy will be missed very much

  4. Tina Ritcheson
    Tina Ritcheson
    April 2, 2021 at 10:13 am

    My heart is broke into a million pieces because Stanley was a true friend and person to me he always made me smile by his enthusiastic demeanor which gave me the same compassion I will miss him terribly and always hear him yell out my name everything he saw me

  5. CountryGal
    April 2, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Stanley was a kind soul! I’ve known him since I was 13 years old. He really was an example of what hard work and self determination could bring. He came a long way from where he started and was better for it. I will miss seeing him at the local Wal-Mart and being on the receiving end of his many tasty treats he would make and share. What a smile he had and a what a light he brought to the world. Rest In Peace, friend.

  6. Gail Elliott
    Gail Elliott
    April 2, 2021 at 11:40 am

    He will continue to be remembered as a staple of the community, knew no stranger and was loved by so many. We were all honored to have known such a kind caring soul with a contagious smile and he was also a incredible cook. RIH Stan. Prayers and love sent to your family at this time, we thank them for sharing you with us all.

  7. Bob Armstrong
    Bob Armstrong
    April 2, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    He always had a chuckle and a smile as well as how are you doing… everyone would stop and talk to him as they came out of wal-mart.. super guy.. my condolences to his family

  8. Linda Smith
    Linda Smith
    April 2, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    he was a blessing to White county and I think we kind of got to thank Jane and Henry absher for having him here but he has been everybody that no Stanley love you yes is sure going to be missed is really hard to take this happened to that man they say only the Good die Young and he sure was young at heart
    Rest in peace pops I know you ain’t telling her we’re going to be right there together he loves you like a brother I think everybody that knew you like we all know you love to the same show my sympathy to your family got to thank him for sharing you with us all this time you don’t know I can say is rest in peace

  9. Lee
    April 2, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    POPS was a GR8 man!
    He was always selling me spicy creations of Jerky or sausage.

    His joy was contagious.

    Lee Hicks

  10. Debra Weber
    Debra Weber
    April 2, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    My heart breaks for this family what a impact he has had on my life he s mother and family should be so proud he has been welcomed into heaven with open arms i feel not only a pleasure but a honor that i new him

    April 2, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    RIP my friend. I am saddened to see you go but know you are in a better place. Dad will be there to welcome you. Prayers for all family and friends.

  12. Rosemary York
    Rosemary York
    April 2, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    It’s so hard for me to even try to wrap my head around the fact that I wont see his beautiful smile and contagious outpouring of friendship. Our community has been hit many hard blows over the past year but for this 1 man to affect so many speaks for itself. I only pray we can all continue to support his legacy and memory. God Bless our dear friend and RIP Stan.

  13. David Cange
    David Cange
    April 2, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    RIP Stanley you will be missed in so many ways. great cook super nice to everyone. the white county and carmi community lost a great person. first time i meet Stan we talked and realize we were from the same home town. i thought small world. my heart goes out for his family and all those who’s lives he touched over the years.

  14. Mark Bayley
    Mark Bayley
    April 2, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    We will all miss Stanley! What a fine person and we all can learn from his kindness and sincerity. Rest In Peace Stanley. We will miss you.

  15. Robert
    April 2, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    We always talk about mowing because, we both mowed and knew each other did very special person. I will miss our conversation about mowing everytime we would she each . We would honk at each other everytime we would drive by each other while mowing. I hoped to see u mowing in heaven one day. I will miss seeing mowing want be same see u friend.

  16. Mary and bob hawk
    Mary and bob hawk
    April 2, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Rest in peace sir.. We always enjoyed talking with you at Walmart even when it was only a wave hello as we were leaving like the last time we saw you…Walmart will never be the same

  17. Julie
    April 3, 2021 at 12:22 am

    My heart goes out tonight for the loss of a county resident that always made me smile. To be honest, I didn’t even know his name until today. I’d see him often at our Walmart store in passing. We’d always greet each other with a smile and a short chat. I’d on occasion see him taking care of the Absher properties when I was on my way to meetings that would take me along Highway 14. Every once in a while, he’d glance over and wave as I drove by.
    I’ll miss seeing him. A rare person now days that always had a smile on his face.

    Oh I hated taking that call today.

    Much gratitude to the responding agencies for their service.

  18. Jen
    April 4, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Was such a sweet man had a good heart.Always trying to meet new people and generous.Hated hearing this RIP

  19. Anonymous
    April 5, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Stan had a way of lighting up a room as soon as he walked in. His smile and joy was simply contagious. I always loved honking at him while he was mowing on Highway 14, and see him smile real big and wave. He would always bring me jerky to try when I worked at Walmart, and has been a longtime friend and customer of my parents business here in town. He would always ask about my daughter and go out of his way to check on us. Stan will be dearly missed, but he’s mowing in Heaven now, right where we all hope to be. He set such an example of what it means to be a kind and generous, loving soul, that when God welcomed him, I am positive it was with wide open arms and the Pearly Gates couldn’t open quick enough! May we all learn from his positivity and joy, and honor him through equal actions every day.

  20. Teresa---- He called me Momma T 💞
    Teresa---- He called me Momma T 💞
    April 5, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    He will forever be rememberd not only by my Children and myself but my Grandchildren as well they will remember his kindness and Samples of everything. Rest in peace Dear Friend! My deepest Condolences to the Family.
    If we all loved like Stanley, the World would be A Wonderful Place! 💞

  21. James Youngman
    James Youngman
    April 6, 2021 at 8:53 am

    When I moved back, to Carmi, Stanley greeted me at Wal Mart, like he knew me all of my life. He never missed a wave,as he was mowing. God received an angel, with the passing of this compassionate man.

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