Von Lewis was born in Unicoi County, Tennessee October 29, 1941 to Leonard and Lela Lewis. He
was educated in the Tennessee public school systems of Unicoi and Washington counties. He retired
from United Cities Gas as construction supervisor after 17 years of service.
Von is married to Gloria Aldama Gallegos-Lewis. They have two children (daughter Dana M.
Gilliam and son Leonard T. Lewis) and four grandchildren, Seth, Megan, Joshua and Lucas.
Von was raised in Sinking Creek Lodge No.575 on December 12, 1979 serving as Worshipful Master in
Companion Von was exalted a Royal Arch Mason on October 3, 1987in Lynn Bachman Chapter No. 195
serving as High Priest in 1991. He served the Grand Chapter of Tennessee, Royal Arch Masons as
Grand Royal Arch Captain in 1997. In 1998 he affiliated with Anderson Chapter No. 141, Bristol and
served as High Priest in 2001.
Companion Von was greeted in Kingsport Council No. 117 on October 3, 1987and served as
Illustrious Master 1992. He affiliated with Bristol Council No. 126 in 1998.
Sir Knight Von was knighted in Kingsport Commandery No. 33 on October 3, 1987. He served as
Commander 1991 and Grand Junior Warden in 2001. He affiliated with Omer Commandery No. 19, Bristol
He is a member of Tennessee Priory No. 15, Knight York Cross of Honor, Past Governor of the North
East Tennessee York Rite College No. 153, and Past President of the Upper East Tennessee York Rite
Association. He received the Order of the Purple Cross in 2003.
Nobel Lewis has been a member of the Jericho Shrine Temple, Kingsport since 1987.
In the Grand Commandery, Sir Knight Lewis was elected Eminent Grand Captain General in 2004 and
has advance each year culminating with his election as Right Eminent Grand Commander in 2007.