Jean Starr Lewis went to be with the Lord on August 30, 2021. She was born on May 1, 1946 in Sherman, Texas to Clinton DeWitt Starr and Vivian Reid Starr. Raised in Midland, Texas, she graduated from Midland Lee High School in 1964. She maintained friendships with her classmates throughout her life and counted many as family.
Jean attended Sul Ross State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. While at Sul Ross, she met and married George William Cockrell of Denton, Texas. They had two children, Candace Reagan Cockrell and Clinton Baylor Cockrell. She taught art in secondary schools in the North Dallas area for 16 years.
In 1981, Jean married the love of her life, Glen Ray Lewis. They were introduced by their daughters, Kim and Candace, in 1980 and after a year-long courtship, they married and combined their five children to create a family.
In 1982, Jean joined the property management industry and held positions as President of Marketing at John Pass Investments and Director of Marketing for First Property Management, among others. During her marketing career, Jean educated and inspired many and made a lasting impact on her colleagues and associates, ultimately being recognized with the Legends in Education award by the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas. She was privileged to make many lifelong friends with whom she not only kept in contact but traveled with extensively and continued close relationships until her passing.
Jean and Glen moved to Trophy Club, Texas in 1990, and in 1994, they opened J & G Jewelers in Bedford, Texas. She used her remarkable creativity and marketing skills to promote their business, and together they earned many loyal clients.
She was a member of the Colleyville Woman’s Club and Arts League of NE Tarrant County and was respected for her numerous contributions to the community. Her philanthropic efforts reflected her love of people and art, and her vibrant creative spirit was reflected in the many ways she served.
It was Jean and Glen’s wish to one day have a house by the lake, and in 2017 they bought their dream home in Sulphur, Oklahoma. They were members of Crossway First Baptist Church, and as expected, Jean quickly made a host of friends, who loved and cared for her until her passing. She enjoyed entertaining the church group at their home by the lake and happily served the Lord in various capacities, including the Deacon’s Wives Ministry, decorating committee, funeral ministry and leader of the Ladies Titus Group and the Heart to Heart Ministry.
Jean is survived by her husband Glen Lewis of Sulphur, Oklahoma; daughter Candace Reagan of Grapevine, Texas; son, Clinton Baylor Cockrell of Dallas, Texas and his wife, Andrea Melick Cockrell; Kimberly Lewis Adams of Irving, Texas and her husband, Paul Adams; Victor Glen Lewis of Burleson, Texas and his wife, Rhonda Lewis; daughter Angela Lewis Devore of Azle, Texas and husband Rodney Devore; brother, John Mark Starr and wife, Cindi Starr of Bedford, Texas; sister, Ann Starr Counts and husband, Ron Counts of Azle, Texas; grandchildren, Glen Mikel Wyatt, Keller Raygand Adams, Alexander William Hutto and wife Baelye Grissom Hutto, Shelby Kay Hutto, Isabella Catherine Romano and husband Matthew Romano, Case Baylor Cockrell, Hayden Lee Hutto and wife Daria Borodocheva Hutto, and Reagan Meredith Hutto. She also leaves behind honorary granddaughters Juanita “Monse” Gonzales, Keila Renteria, Rebekah Luevano, Gloria Luevano, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and a huge extended family, whom she loved with all her heart.
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