JoAnne Beneventi Lewis • June 23, 2020
JoAnne Carol Beneventi was born on March 19, 1946, in Pensacola, FL. She died on June 23, 2020, in Pensacola, FL at the age of 74. She was a resident of Cantonment, FL for over 45 years.
JoAnne was the only child of Albert and Annie Beneventi. Growing up she attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church where she was baptized on April 14, 1946. She also served with the National Council of Catholic Women as one of the hostesses of service personnel during USO events. She graduated from Pensacola’s Catholic High School in 1964.
In March of 1966 at the age of 20, she married James Hansel Lewis in Brewton, Alabama. Jimmy was in the US Army for 4 years and together they had 3 children. During this time, they were stationed in Nuremburg, Germany where Jimbo was born; Ft. Rucker, Alabama where Jeannie was born; and Pensacola, Florida where Jerry was born.
After Jimmy completed his commitment with the Army, JoAnne enjoyed her time as an employee of the Hilltop Package Store and Lounge, where she was affectionately known to all as “Jodie”. While there, she helped raise money for Multiple Sclerosis during the annual Ugliest Bartender Contest taking top honors in April 1982.
She also loved attending her children’s baseball games, football games, basketball games, volleyball matches, track meets and cross-country races. “Mama Lewis” was the biggest cheerleader of Jimbo, Jeannie and Jerry’s sports. She traveled near and far and could be heard from the same distances. Her love and support overflowed to her children’s teammates and coaches as well.
She enjoyed spending family summer vacations at Lake Okeechobee at the “fish camp” and taking fishing trips with the Perdido River Bass Club families. She always recalled their fish fry gatherings with fond memories and told stories about all the good times they had.
In retirement she worked seasonally doing tax preparation. It was at this time she also served as primary caregiver for her husband, Jimmy, during his 6-year battle with cancer. This was a very tough time for her, but her grandchildren could ALWAYS bring a smile to her face.
“Mamaw” would collect all kinds of movies and they would regularly watch Harry Potter movie marathons. One highlight was having all 5 cousins from Florida, Oklahoma and Colorado together for the midnight showing of the last Harry Potter movie in the theaters. Living close by, Kameryn, Dalton and Nicole would often spend the night at her house and enjoy quality time making memories that they will always cherish.
She loved watching NCIS and Criminal Minds, doing crossword puzzles from the newspaper and listening to Elvis and Jimmy Buffett. She had many adventures going on her mystery trips with her Sunshine Tours group. She particularly loved the Grandparent’s Trip she took to the Butterfly Farms with Nicole. JoAnne loved to travel with family and made great memories with Eric on their trip to Yellowstone, Yosemite and Disney Land. She also traveled to Disney World with Eric and Nicole.
She loved ALL things Notre Dame Football. She was a member of the local Notre Dame Club
of Pensacola and attended multiple games in South Bend and other Bowl Games. She could
always be found in front of the TV on Saturdays watching college football. She made it a point
to call Josh before every Notre Dame game and ask, “Joshua… What time is it?”. To which he
would reply, “It’s GOOO IRISH TIME!”.
JoAnne was also an active member of St. Jude Catholic Church and always spoke fondly of
Father Pat. She truly loved her monthly Red Hat Lady Bugs and serving as a former Queen
Mother. JoAnne always looked forward to going out to watch the Blue Angels perform their
Homecoming Air Show on Pensacola Beach with family and visiting NAS Pensacola. She
enjoyed stopping by Margaritaville and eating at Peg Leg Pete’s and McGuire’s Irish Pub. These
good times will not soon be forgotten.
JoAnne kept great records and enjoyed researching her ancestry. She is preceded in death by her
paternal grandparents (Thomas J Beneventi and Tillie Eleshewskey), her maternal grandparents
(Joseph I Johnson and Annie C Tobin), her father Albert A Beneventi (1914-1968), her mother
Annie F Johnson (1912-1991), her grandson Paul David Enderson (1985-1987) and her husband
of 32 years, James Hansel Lewis, Sr. (1946-1998).
She is survived by her children James H Lewis, Jr. of Cantonment, FL, Jeannie (Jamie) Lewis-
Moore of Molino, FL, Jerald (Jennifer) Lewis of Newcastle, OK and LeAnn (Dennis) Enderson
of Pensacola, FL. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Priscilla Baker of Pensacola, FL and
her 5 grandchildren: Nicole Ross, Eric Enderson, Kameryn Lewis, Joshua Lewis and Dalton
Lewis, her great-daughter, Analei Molina-Ross, along with other family and friends.
A private family service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, June 29, 2020, at Pensacola Memorial
Gardens officiated by Rev Patrick Foley.
JoAnne will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Jimmy.
Jimbo Lewis, Dalton Lewis, Jerald Lewis, Joshua Lewis, Dennis Enderson and Eric Enderson
Honorary Pallbearers include:
Mark Ross, Patrick Larrabee, Steve Perlman, Pat Paulsen, Pete Wright, Robert Williams, Harold Sonny Morris and Aubrey Morris. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
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