Services for Edward Lewis were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Banks, Alabama, with Rev. L. C. McMillian officiating.
Burial followed at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, under the direction of George F. Grubbs Funeral Home, Troy.
Visitation was held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2010, at George F. Grubbs Funeral Home.
Edward Lewis was born on July 22, 1938, to the late Eddie Lewis and Willie Mae Carter Lewis, in Roberta, Georgia. The family moved to Troy, Alabama when Edward was just a small child. Edward received his education at the Dunn Chapel School in the community near his home. Edward was a faithful member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend L. C. McMillian, and hardly ever missed a Sunday being in the pews. He will be missed by his church family and the entire Troy community. Edward was married to Orean Lewis.
Edward had his own set of physical challenges but he never let those obstacles stop him from living a full and productive life. He was always gainfully employed, paid his own way, and took care of himself his entire adult life. Edward worked in construction but was also a skilled logger who was known for his expertise in handling a chain saw. He also loved to work outside in the yard and took pride in his work. His lawn was perfectly manicured at all times and earned him the honor of one of the most beautiful lawns in the area, getting him featured in the Troy Messenger. Edward really liked to “tinker”. He was good at taking things apart, but not so great at putting them back together leaving Sam and Grant to get professional help completing the repairs.
Edward departed this life on September 6, 2010 with his family by his side, at the Troy Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Willie Mae Lewis; one sister, Ora L. Crawley; one brother, Adolph Lewis; and his son, Arezio Lee Sears.
He leaves to cherish his memory, five brothers, Congressman John R. Lewis (Lillian) Atlanta, Georgia; William D. Lewis, Detroit, Michigan; Freddie L. Lewis, Detroit, Michigan (Helen); Samuel Lewis (Wanda), Troy, Alabama; Henry G. Lewis (Juretha), Troy, Alabama; and two sisters, Ethel M. Tyner (Willie), Troy, Alabama; Rosa M. Tyner (Wallace), Richmond, California; one Sister-in-law, Willie M. Lewis, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; one Uncle, O. C. Carter, Buffalo, New York; two Aunts, Mary Carter and Leola Carter, Buffalo, New York; a host of loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews; many maternal and paternal first cousins and his very best friend, Charles Saunders.