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William Ray Lewis, Sr.

April 5, 1927 ~ August 2, 2019 (age 92)
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Mr. William Ray “Bill” Lewis, Sr., age 92, of Marion, passed away Friday, August 2, 2019 at Universal Healthcare in Fletcher following several years of declining health.  Bill was born on April 5, 1927 to the late Lucille Lewis and lived his entire life in McDowell County.  He was a building contractor and built many homes over the years.  He was a faithful member of Burkemont Baptist Church and served his Lord there as a Deacon, a teacher in the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class, a member of the choir and as a Youth Leader.  He loved hunting and fishing but spending time with his children and grandchildren was his favorite pastime.  His first wife, Betty Lee McGee Lewis, and his second wife, Ernestine Daniels Lewis, preceded him in death as well as a son, Rex Everett Lewis, and two grandsons, Robert David Shelton and Jeffrey S. Nelson.


The memory of him will be held dear by three children, Laura L. Powell of Fletcher, William R. “Billy” Lewis, Jr. of Morganton and Brian Kevin Lewis of Raleigh; a step-daughter Cindy Collins Smathers and her daughter, Shannon Quinn; three grandchildren, Andrea Powell Wade, Adam Keith Nelson and Christy Powell Queen; one great-granddaughter, Morgan Elizabeth Shelton, a great-grandson due in three weeks; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


A time of remembrance and celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Jerry Burnett officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  His remains will be laid to rest beside his beloved Ernestine in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to South Mountain Children’s Home at 7330 Myrtle Drive, Nebo, NC  28761.  

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