Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One
Charlene Bacchus Lewis

Charlene Bacchus Lewis

Charlene Bacchus Lewis, 68, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Ochsner Hospital following a courageous battle with the Coronavirus. A native and resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, she was born April 24, 1952 to the late Helen and Herman Bacchus, Sr. Charlene attended St. Mary’s Academy and graduated from John F. Kennedy Senior High School. She furthered her education at Southern University of New Orleans and received specialized training at the Adult Educational Center. Employed by Tulane Medical Center and Kindred Health Care, Charlene was a payroll coordinator until she retired. She was the beloved wife of Purnell A. Lewis, Jr. of 40 years.

In addition to Purnell, Charlene leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her life and legacy of family, faith, and love, two daughters Shonnette Lewis of Texas and Arnell Lewis; one son Emmett E. Cheri, III of Texas; three grandsons, Ramon Lewis, Thomas Lewis of Tennessee, and Sean Watson; siblings Allan Bacchus of California and Blane Bacchus, Sr. of Texas; sisters-in-law Hedda Wade, Nina Bacchus, and Rochelle Bacchus and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, god-children, friends and a devoted friend Yolanda Wilson-Stubbs (Bernard), who she considered a sister. Preceding her in death were her parents Helen and Herman Bacchus, Sr.; mother and father-in-law Emelda and Purnell A. Lewis, Sr.; two brothers, Herman Bacchus, Jr. and Dion Bacchus, Sr.; and sister-in-law Anise Bacchus.

Charlene will always be remembered as the family matriarch. She was a vivacious woman who was full of life, and a blessed woman who lived an extradorniary life. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughtfulness, telephone calls, text messages, contributions and special sacrifices made in order to share in our bereavement. A Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and all the medical professionals at Ochsner Hospital Main Campus for the exceptional care given to our loved one. Words cannot express our appreciation for your kindness.

A public visitation will be held Tuesday May 26, 2020 from 09:30 am to 10:00am at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philp St., New Orleans, LA. 70116. Social distancing will be implemented with 10 individuals allowed in at a time. A Private Funeral Service will begin at 10:00am; however, an Interment to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery located at 4000 Norman Mayer Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122, family and friends are welcome to attend the graveside service.



Please visit to sign guestbook, leave well wishes, share memories and condolences for the family.

*Flowers are gratefully declined, In Lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to Armstrong Family Services at 1015 Henriette Delille St. (504) 899-2995.


Professional Services entrusted to Heritage Funeral Services located at 4101 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117.



15 Messages

  • william Cox / Jacquekine Cox / Randall Cox Posted May 26, 2020 8:14 pm

    you and your family are in our prayers!!!!! We are always here if you need us! Take care we love yall!!

  • miguel & gina pickney Posted May 26, 2020 8:09 pm

    we are here for you all!

  • Mr & Mrs Kenneth Miller & Carolyn Jackson Miller Posted May 26, 2020 7:30 pm

    I hadn’t seen Charlene in years and there she was, at my mother’s funeral. Then I would see her everywhere 🙏🏽

  • Debra Curtis-Barbarin Posted May 26, 2020 12:14 pm

    Deepest sympathies to the Bacchus and Lewis Families. I met Charlene through her cousin JoAnn and she treated me as a cousin also. I will miss her laughter and all the fun times we shared especially at Carnival, Halloween, Jazz Festival, and Dances. May God’s comfort and peace hold you today, tomorrow, and always. Debbie

  • ELAINE DAVIS Posted May 26, 2020 10:14 am

    I am truly sorry for the loss of your loved one and our beloved neighbor. Her kind and loving presence will surely be missed and never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Shelling Posted May 26, 2020 9:07 am

    May the Strength of The Lord be with the family!! Love and Miss you cousin Charlene

  • Cathy Boutte Posted May 25, 2020 10:59 pm

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family – may care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, Praying for you and with.

  • Vivian newton Posted May 25, 2020 9:29 pm

    We’re so sorry. Calvin newton (her cousin) Gwen Fleming’s brother) passed sept.24,2018. We share your pain.

  • Wanda Butler Audrict Posted May 25, 2020 9:10 pm

    My sincere condolences to my McDonogh #35 classmate, Purnell Lewis and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May Charlene Rest In Peace. Praying for God’s Grace and Mercy to comfort family and loved ones🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  • A.J. Cato Posted May 25, 2020 12:56 am

    May God comfort and strengthen you throughout this very difficult time 🙏🏾

  • Darlene C Posted May 24, 2020 6:22 pm

    My deepest sorrows to all the family and friends for their loss. May you find comfort that only God can give at this time. Corinthians 1:3,4

  • Desiree Theodore Morgan Posted May 24, 2020 12:37 pm

    To my family i express my sincere condolences to the Lewis/Bacchus families. My prayers are for peace love and strength as you move forward. May my dear cousin rest in God’s arms. You will not be forgotten.

  • Cleve and Annie Williams Posted May 24, 2020 11:41 am

    Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family. Remembering her wonderful kindness, beautiful smile and soul . Gone but never forgotten. An angel gone home to be with the Lord. May God bless you all with peace , comfort and happy memories during this difficult time.

  • Judy Williams Posted May 24, 2020 10:19 am

    Condolences to the Bacchus/Lewis Family. May God give you the strength to carry on.🙏🙏🙏

  • Bernadette Cheri Posted May 23, 2020 9:40 pm

    I will always remember the good times when we were together, and the long telephone conversations. Charlene was always smiling or laughing , take your rest dear friend, and ex-sister-in-law take your rest!

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