James “Jim” Edward Lewis is a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran who was last seen by his wife leaving their home in Fayetteville, North Carolina on October 3, 1982. Jim lewis had recently retired from the U.S. Army as a Major when he left his Fayetteville home in a white Ford Fiesta after telling his wife,Patsy Lewis, that he was going to Vero Beach, Florida to interview for a job ferrying Piper airplanes from the dealer to buyers. When Jim Lewis would leave for trips, it was common for him to stay in phone contact with his wife. Jim Lewis did not make contact with his wife after leaving his home on October 3, 1982. The Ford Fiesta that Jim was last seen driving was located at the Fayetteville Municipal Airport in January 1983, having been parked there since October 6, 1982. It was repossessed prior to investigation by law enforcement.
After not hearing from her husband for several days, Patsy Lewis contacted the Fayetteville police, but she was referred to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department because their residence was outside of the Fayetteville city limits. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was contacted, but declined to investigate.
James “Jim” Edward Lewis served as a U.S. Army Ranger and was a founding member of the United States Army’s official aerial parachute demonstration team, the Golden Knights. Jim Lewis was also a skilled pilot with commercial and seaplane ratings.
James “Jim” Edward Lewis was 42 years old at the time he went missing in October 1982 (DOB 09/19/1940). Jim Lewis is a white male who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 214 pounds. Jim Lewis had brown / gray hair and brown eyes. Jim Lewis is also a wounded Vietnam Veteran and has shrapnel wounds to the right side of his chest, right forearm, shoulders and upper back. Jim Lewis also has extensive bridgework from wounds to mouth. Jim Lewis was last seen wearing blue jeans and a shirt.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of James “Jim” Edward Lewis, contact the Sgt Matthews at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department at 910-323-1500 reference case #11774-82. (NamUs MP # 32422)