Esten Lewis Herring, Jr.

Esten Lewis Herring, Jr.

May 21, 91,

Esten Lewis Herring, Jr., 91, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at his home.

Lewis was born in Wayne County on September 16, 1928 to the late Esten Lewis Herring, Sr. and Mary Gladys Williams Herring. He was married to the late Elise Moose Herring. He proudly served his country during the Korean War in the United States Air Force. Before his retirement, Lewis owned and operated Herring Milling Company. Lewis was known for his hard work and knack for business.

Lewis was a life-time member of Providence United Methodist Church. Lewis was a mason with the Wayne Masonic Lodge #112 A.F. & A.M. and the Sudan Temple. He was also a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars. Lewis lived a life of dedication to his family and friends, and to his community. He served on the Southern Wayne Sanitary District from 1995 – 2003.

A service to celebrate Lewis’ life will be held by the graveside at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Wayne Memorial Park with Masonic Rites. The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the cemetery.

Lewis is survived by his son, Steven Lewis Herring; daughter, Deborah Herring Perry and husband, Tom; grandchildren, Scott Herring, Stephanie Herring and Lindsey Herring; great-grandchildren, Elise Tracey, Annabella Herring and Lillian Catherine Lutz; brother, James Lamont Herring; and sister, Mary Ann Herring. He is also survived by a dear friend and companion, Jean A. Hollowell.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John Roger Herring and Gerald Keith Herring.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in his memory to Shriner’s Children Hospital or to Providence United Methodist Church.

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