LEWIS, LeRoy MARION – LeRoy Baskin Lewis, 83, died on Wednesday, October 10. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, in the First United Methodist Church, directed by RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME. Interment will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m., at the Social Hall of the First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 155, Marion 29571, or the Babcock Center Foundation, P.O. Box 3845, Columbia, SC 29230. Born in Florence, SC, he was the son of the late Willie Andrew Lewis and Lucille Street Lewis. He was an owner of the Florence Nehi Bottling Company and later served as an agent with the Woodmen of the World. Roy lived a full and rich life. As a youth, he was the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Award for Heroism and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. As a young man, he served with the 260th Engineer Combat Bn. in the European operation of World War II. Later, he graduated from The Citadel, Class of 1949. Upon graduation from the Citadel, he moved to Marion and became very involved in the community. He served as past Commander of the VFW Post 6185 and a member of the American Legion. He taught Sunday School for Junior and Senior High youth for over 25 years and served in numerous capacities at the First United Methodist Church over the past 50 years. As a member of the Marion Lions Club, he received the Lion of the Year on several occasions and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow. He served on the Marion-Dillon Board of Disabilities and Special needs for 18 years. In his senior years, he remained busy working with Habitat for Humanity projects in the Marion/Mullins area. Habitat for Humanity awarded him the Golden Hammer Award for his service to the organization. He was married to Rita Heiterer Lewis for 49 years before her death in 1998. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, LeRoy Baskin and Martha Louise R. Lewis of Greenville, a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Lewis (husband, Randy Keith) Vereen of Springfield, Ill., a daughter Sally Elizabeth Lewis of Columbia, four grandchildren, David Ashley (wife, Mikal) Vereen of Springfield, Ill., Emily Lewis Vereen of Papillion, Ne., and Crawford Baskin Lewis and Alston Ramage Lewis both from Greenville. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the many doctors and nurses that have treated Mr. Lewis throughout the years. A special note of gratitude is extended to Sylvia Ann Turbeville for her years of service as a caregiver and special friend. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths. Published in the Charleston Post & Courier on 10/12/2007.
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