Child Hoping for Return of Prized Possession from Late Father

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A Parkersburg family is coping with the loss of a husband and a father who died after a short battle with bone cancer.

Unfortunately, friends and family of Chad Lewis say his son Nathan's favorite memory token of his dad was stolen just days before his death.

Nathan Lewis was playing football outside Landmark Baptist Church in South Parkersburg last week when he says a car sped into the parking lot and someone took his football helmet that was laying on the ground.

Nathan says the helmet was special because he and his dad were huge Ohio State fans, and his dad had painted and fixed it up to look like an Ohio State football helmet.

"I've always tried to teach my children that people are more important than things, and although that helmet could never take the place of my husband, it's just something that my son could have as a memory that they shared together," Nathan's mother, Tarri Lewis, said.

The Lewis family says they don't even want to know who took the helmet.

They just ask that it be anonymously returned to their church, Landmark Baptist, in South Parkersburg.

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  • by Bridget Location: Parkersburg on Sep 21, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    I want to take a moment to thank WTAP for airing this story!!! This is a truly amazing family and they deserve the kindness and love shown by the wonderful coverage you provided.
  • by another family friend Location: Parkersburg on Sep 18, 2009 at 06:59 AM
    Alyssa--as far as the story sounding fishy...I don't know why someone would steal the helmet. But the story happened as they said. Several people, including the ones playing football with the boy, saw it happen. No one got the plate number, but in case you are interested the car was a white Ford Escort. I don't know why WTAP chose not to include that detail in their story, but it was known. Jane: How dare you suggest Nathan made up the story! Don't you understand the incident was witnessed by several people? I'm sorry you are so cynical--and rude. I hope Nathan never sees your comment. I hope WTAP removes it.
  • by a family friend Location: raleigh nc on Sep 17, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    As a friend of this family for more than 20 years i can say that I feel very sorry for the rude people- alyssa and jane- that made such terrible comments on this page. They obviously are not privileged enough to know such genuine sweet people as this family. This little boy is a fine young man who has just lost his father and just simply wanted his helmet back that his father made for him. To even suggest that it was anything else or to accuse this child of lying while his father was on his deathbed??????? Seriously?????? May we all continue to pray for the Lewis family and may we also pray for these horrible posters named Alyssa and Jane.
  • by me myself and i on Sep 17, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    the story needs to be straight here:L the helmet was returned to a church member not left laying and the helmet was not taken with evil intentions. the person who picked up the helmet would not just steal something for their own pleasure. we are all sorry for the loss of the family and send our condolences to them. it is a very rough thing to go through but wanted to let everyone know that once we heard what had happened we were glad to find the owner and give it back! just want the story straightened.
  • by Bethany Location: Parkersburg on Sep 17, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    I am very happy to report that the helmet has been returned. Tarri asked that I call WTAp and let them know which I have done!I wanted to say thank you to whoever returned the helmet!
  • by Anonymous Location: wv on Sep 17, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    So sorry for your loss, hope and pray the helmet is returned to the boy.
  • by Jane Location: Pburg on Sep 17, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    Sounds like the boy lost the helmet and made up a story so he doesn't get in trouble..
  • by Barry Location: Belpre on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    Thank you for whoever returned the helmet. I understand it was left at the church this morning and it was taken to the funeral home in Belpre and placed with Chad. I know the Lewis family appreciates this dearly.
  • by T on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    the helmet was left on the church steps today! what a blessing for that little boy!
  • by Anonymous Location: Parkersburg on Sep 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    Thanks to the story being ran on WTAP, and the God Lord Above, the helmet has been returned to Nathan Lewis.
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