Joe Edward Lewis was born March 21, 1939 in Duplin County to the late Willie Lewis and Ruby Smith. He graduated from Dillard High School in 1958. He served in the U.S Army and was discharged with honors.
In 1976 he married the love of his life. Johnnie B Taylor. He was a devoted husband and loving father to their three children; Joann, Margaret and Cynthia. He was a caring grandfather to his 3 grandchildren; Sylvia, Kristopher and Madison.
Joe accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined St. Delight United Holy Church where he served as a Deacon, Trustee, and on the Usher Board. He served as the President of the Ushers Union for many years in the Southern District Convocation, where he worked diligently to unite the ushers under a common goal of glorifying Christ. He was also President of the Scholarship Committee and took delight in singing with the Male Chorus and working with the Senior Outreach Ministry. His joy was teaching as he taught Sunday school for many years. His love for God ignited his service to the church.
He was a hard worker with a vibrant personality that loved to be around people. He never met a stranger. Professionally he worked many years at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base as a Civil Engineer and retired with honors.
After fighting a long stint of illness, Joe departed this life on Sunday April 28, 2019 in his home in Lancaster, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Joann, as well as seven loving siblings, James, Richard, Ben, John ,Althea, Louvenia and Willie Jay.
Leaving to cherish his memory is his devoted wife Mrs. Johnnie Lewis of the home; one sister, Gertrude Daye of Raleigh, NC and two children, Margaret Watkin of Charlotte, NC and Cynthia Lewis of Lancaster, SC.; grandchildren include, Sylvia Howell (David) of Goldsboro, NC and Kristopher and Madison Watkin of Charlotte, NC. He also leaves behind six great-grandchildren and a host of loving relatives and special beloved friends, Bertha Pridgen (Larry) and Patricia and James Pittman.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 02, 2019 at noon in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro. Interment will follow at Wayne Memorial Park North. A viewing will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
Professional services are entrusted to Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.
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