By Peggy Bair
This is a tribute page dedicated to Terence “Chappie” Lewis of Leavenworth, KS, whose life was taken by COVID-19
On April 20, 2020, Terri Micquel shared the news of her husband:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must share and it hurts me deeply to say that my husband, Terence Terry Lewis passed away about 11:30pm, Sunday night, April 20, 2020, after a month long battle with Covid-19. He fought a most valiant fight and will forever be a warrior in my eyes. I am forever grateful for every prayer spoken on his behalf and all the love and support shown to me. He no longer has to “Walk on Water”. Now, he walks with our God. ~ Terri Micquel
Friends gathered in a motorcade Friday, May 1, 2020, to honor a deeply religious leader in the Leavenworth community and chaplain of the Fort Leavenworth Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club. Terence “Chappie” Lewis. Lewis was stricken ill and succumbed to COVID-19 after a month long battle.
His life was remembered and honored by those who gathered and found a way to abide by the Kansas guidelines for funerals but still honor their loved one. (Ed. note: the photographs seen here are taken with very long lenses that compress scenes and make subjects appear closer than they actually were). Using cars, social distancing and masks and escorts to keep the procession organized, those wishing to pay their respects were able to still be present but just from the needed distances and outdoors.
The Fort Leavenworth Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club has been active since 2016, which is when Lewis and his wife Terri Micquel became members. Terry’s road name with the club was “Chappie.”
The focus of the club was to “promote a positive image among African Americans that would be respected in the community and throughout the country.” The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club was founded out of Chicago in October, 1993. The name Buffalo Soldiers was initially selected to pay homage to and ensure the legacy of African American military contributions in the post Civil War era. There are currently over 100 chapters throughout the United States now. The groups support a number of charitable organizations including scholarships, food and fund drives, the March of Dimes and Toys for Tots. They also are mentors for youth and educational programs to share heritage of roles African Americans have played in the history of the United States.
In particular, the Fort Leavenworth Chapter adds: “We ‘do good in the hood’ through community service such as, feeding the homeless, awarding scholarships for graduating high school seniors and riding out motorcycles in support of organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation.”
Heart KC extends its gratitude to those who generously contributed photos and information as a part of the tribute and preservation of the memory of Terence Anthony “Chappie” Lewis.
Comments are open for others to add to this tribute.
Peggy Bair is a longtime area journalist credentialed with the American Society of Media Photographers Kansas City branch. She holds a journalism degree from UMKC and has written and photographed for six different newspapers over a 24 year career as a journalist and an award-winning photojournalist with the National Press Photographers Association. Her work has appeared also in USA Today, People Magazine and worldwide via Associated Press.
“I value every one of my story subjects for the honor of sharing them with the world. I believe every person is here for a reason and every person has a lesson to teach and a story to tell” – Peggy Bair
Social distancing is practiced and wearing a mask in certain settings where it is called for – as well as photographing with a long lens are best practices employed at this time. A 600mm lens was used for this assignment. Subjects in the story practiced safe social distancing even though they may appear in some photographs to be closer together. This is due to an illusion of compression that results from using a very long lenses like 300mm, 400mm or 600mm lenses. If there is an illusion of people looking like they are closer together, it is the illusion of lens compression.