James Theodore Lewis, Sr. entered his reward September 29, 2012. He was born May 2, 1922 in Pender County, son of David Wright Lewis and Geneva Corbett Lewis.
Survived by a sister, Dorothy Lewis Millis and predeceased by sisters Marie Lewis Willis and Virginia Ballard Hardison, as well as a brother, John A. Lewis. James was married to the late Myra Bell Marrow Lewis for 46 years in a loving marriage having two sons, James Theodore Lewis Jr. and Jonathan David Lewis. James Jr. is a reverend married to Eleanor Judith Evans Lewis residing in Chesapeake, Va. Jonathan resides in New Bern, NC.
James Sr. was called Buddy by his family in earlier years, later Jim, and finally Jimbo. He loved the Lord Jesus, and when born, a man prayed over his cradle that he would never be far from the Lord. He attended Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches growing up, having been a member of the Pike, Rocky Point, Cape Fear and Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Churches. During World War II he worked on Liberty concrete hull ships and afterwards worked with Sears and Roebuck as a Display Manager in Richmond, Va. and Wilmington, NC. Later, he opened Lewis Florist from 1956 to 1974. He continued to work with other florists over the next decade and up until his death. Jim was still creating silk flower arrangements with his love of flowers inherited from his Mother. Jimbo loved to get people to laugh and was known for his many acts of kindness to help people.
Funeral service will be conducted at 2 pm Friday, October 5 in the Sanctuary of Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, 800 Piner Rd., Wilmington, NC. No graveside service. Flowers are welcome, as well as donations to help with medical and final expenses, which can be sent to 1113 Rodgers St., Chesapeake, VA 23324.
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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099