Leslie James Lewis of St. James, Missouri was born September 19, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri to Leslie Ervin and Marcella Rose Colter Lewis and passed away Friday, April 2, 2021 at the age of 64 years.
His passion for music led him on a cross-country journey culminating in New Orleans where he met Judith Ann Waters. He moved to her hometown of Syracuse, New York. Leslie and Judith were married May 9, 1987 in Syracuse, New York.
Les “Jelly Roll” Lewis enjoyed Cajun and Old-Time music. He was an award-winning fiddle player and played professionally with many bands in Missouri, Louisiana, and New York. Some of the bands include; The Sins of the Pioneers, Cousin Curtis and the Cash Rebates, Gris Gris, T-Wayne & The Swamptones and Delta Rays.
Les was also a highly skilled tradesman and started his own business, Lewis Mechanical, upon moving to St. James, Missouri.
In 2001, after battling cancer, Les moved his family to his parent’s hometown of St. James. His favorite childhood memories were spent in St. James with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years; Judy Waters, two daughters, Alyce Lewis and Sarah Lewis both of St. James, Missouri; one sister, Cindy Vogelsang and husband Doug; three grandchildren, Riley Rose Gibson, Leslie Eugene Lewis, and Ervin James Lewis; one nephew, Ben Vogelsang of St. Louis, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
The family is planning to bury his ashes on the family plot at the St. James Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.