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Mr. Larry Lewis
July 31, 1948 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Deacon Larry Lewis was born on July 31, 1948, in Gretna, LA to the late Olevia and Harry Lewis.
He attended West Jefferson High School in Harvey, LA in 1966 and was part of the first group of
Black students to desegregate and graduate from that school. Upon graduation, he enrolled in
Southern University A&M for a short while but left to join the United States Army where he
retired as a Staff Sergeant after 22 years of honorable service. While serving in the military he
continued his education and obtained his BA in sociology from Coker College.
During his early years in the military, he attended a church in Indiana where God filled him with
the Holy Spirit in 1974. From then on, by way of military orders, he served as well as planted
ministries throughout the world. Finally, upon Deacon Lewis being stationed at Fort Jackson, SC,
he and his family joined Bible Way Church of Atlas Road where he was a member for more than
35 years and served as an usher and a deacon. He was a faithful man dedicated to God, his
wife, his family, his career, his church, and of course…the Carolina Gamecocks. He had a quirky
sense of humor and many unforgettable sayings that could leave one speechless or doubled
over in laughter. Deacon Lewis left an impression on all who had the privilege to meet him.
Deacon Larry Lewis went home to be with the Lord on January 27, 2024 and leaves behind to
cherish his memories: his wife and love of his life, Loretta Harrison Lewis; children: Melvin
Mose Cambrice-Lewis, Dawn Pleshette Lewis- Piper (Juan), Petrina Evetta’ Lewis, and Quamain
Donnell Lewis (deceased), grandchildren: Xavier, Imari, Dorian (DJ), Jace, Siobhan, Zachary,
Myles, Arianna, and Christopher; brother, Aaron Lewis (Brenda) and beloved family members:
Joy and John Faust and Stephanie Blair.
Deacon Larry Lewis will be terribly missed, but “…to be absent from the body is to be present
with the Lord.” If he had the chance to come back to us all, he wouldn’t! Rejoice for him!
Rejoice with him! Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice for he is rejoicing with the Lord!