(DUE TO COVID-19, THE FAMILY WILL BE HAVING A PRIVATE GRAVESIDE SERVICE. A PUBLIC VIEWING WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2020 AT STEPHENS-MAREE-TRACY FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL OF SERENITY FROM 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. THE FAMILY WISHES TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR CALLS AND PRAYERS.)
Deacon William Lewis was born on August 30, 1920. He was the son of the late Frank and Josephine Lewis of Cottageville, South Carolina He departed this life at the age of 99 years and 10 months old, on July 8, 2020, in Pruitt Health Nursing Home in Walterboro, South Carolina. Deacon Lewis was married to Ida Deloris Williams Lewis for 64 years until her death.
Deacon Lewis was educated in the public schools of Colleton County. At a young age, he became a member of Nazarene Baptist Church where Pastor Mike Washington is the pastor and he worshipped at the Church of the Holy Spirit with his daughter, Pastor Vera Walker. He loved to talk about Jesus and sing gospel music. Deacon Lewis was the oldest surviving deacon of the Bethel Union and Surprise Association. He also served as the chairman of the Deacon Board at Nazarene Baptist Church.
Deacon Lewis was employed by US Steel in New Jersey, Triplet Construction Company, building bridges in Charlotte, North Carolina; Cheraw, South Carolina; Santee, South Carolina; Beaufort, South Carolina; and Hilton Head, South Carolina and South Carolina Department of Transportation . Once he retired, he began farming until his health failed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Josephine Lewis; four children, Betty Powell, James Charles Lewis, Maryellen Lewis Zimmerman and Queen Lewis.
Deacon Lewis leaves to cherish his memories his two sons, William Franklin Lewis (Lottie) of Allendale, South Carolina and Walter L. Lewis (Effie) of Plainfield, New Jersey; one daughter, Vera A. Walker (James) of Tampa, Florida; eighteen grandchildren, forty-eight great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; two special caregivers, Tracy Walker and Harris Mack and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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