Jodi (Sheets) Lewis: Gone but Never Forgotten
Above: Jodi and me doing the Tour de Isla
|These pages have been created to honor a person who deeply affected the lives of everyone she met. Jodi passed away on July 4, 2000 after a long and hard-fought battle with a brain tumor. She was only 38 years old, but she leaves behind a legacy and string of friends befitting a much older person.
There is a special significance to this page's location at unlitter.com. Way back in 1995, when a lot of people still were not taking the "internet fad" very seriously, it occurred to me that our company - the Sons of the Beach - needed a domain name. Back then it cost a cool $100 to acquire a domain, and the SoBs were having a very hard time just paying the rent.
I remember the day very clearly. Jodi and I were chatting over a beer at the Coral Reef and somehow I found myself talking about this dilemma. Now Jodi knew absolutely nothing about the net or domains, but she immediately grasped how important this was to me and without a moment's hesitation she pulled out her personal checkbook and wrote the SoBs a check in the amount of $100.00.
We used that money to acquire unlitter.com - and it was truly a turning point, setting us on the path towards making the SoBs a viable operation. Until Jody wrote out that check, it was a whimsy, a pipe dream. The money itself was a small thing... it was her belief in me that made it happen.
This is but a small example of the woman's generosity of spirit - but I believe it is so typical of who and what she was. The world is a better place for her having been here, and I miss her deeply.
- sandy feet
Contributions to this page are most welcome. Submit photos and/or Jodi stories to firstname.lastname@example.org - or if you would prefer, leave a nice message on the special guestbook I have set up.... thanks.
|my name is rita burton and i live in houston. i've been a frequent visitor to the island for many years. i stop by your website at least once a week and was very saddened and shocked to see the notice about jodi sheets death. myself and friends met jody years back when she was at the pub and i would run into her many times around the island when i was visiting. several years back, i asked about jodi. margie (at the wahoo) told me she had married and moved away. the one thing that i remember most about jody (and i know many people will agree) was her wink. jodi always had a smile and a wink. and let me tell you this...she was ambi-winkable. she'd wink at you with either eye. i remember trying this when i came home after one vacation and laughing at myself because i couldn't do it like jodi did. she was one of a kind and will be missed.
my condolences to her many friends on the island and her family.
right: Mike and Jodi at the Reef
|One of my favorite stories about Jodi is when she offered me the best job I have ever had. She came and visited me at the Wanna Wanna a few times and at the end of summer she asked me where I was going to work for the winter. I told her I didn't have any plans and she offered me a position at A Little Bit of Heaven. She introduced me to all of the locals and made me feel at home. She was patient when I asked her again and again for peoples names, when I started college she was supportive, she always made me feel a part of the family. That was the kind of person she was. She wanted everyone around her to be happy in who they were. She was never judgemental or cruel. She was one of the most fabulous people who ever lived and I will miss her. She will always be in my heart as one of the most special people God ever granted into my life.
left: Jodi and Les at the Pub
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