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Services Saturday for former local Post Master Will Lee Lewis, Jr.

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Will Lewis, Jr., passed away, on Friday, September 8, 2017, peacefully at home after a three and half year battle with Multiple Myeloma.

On July 21, 1934, in Bolton, Mississippi, Will, Sr., and Anna Mae Lewis gave birth to the first of their five children, Will Lee Lewis, Jr.

Will loved the Post Office. His first permanent job was at the Hammond, IN, location. He was the first hired black Postal Clerk. Later in his career, in 1982, Will became the first black Postmaster of the Chesterton, IN, Post Office. After serving in the United States Postal Service for 37 years, Will retired in 1990.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Joe Lewis.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving family; his dedicated and loving wife, Helen Flourney-Lewis, seven children: Sharon Hardin (Ontario, CA), Sylvia Lewis (Dallas, TX), Shirley Terry (Memphis, TN), Stephanie (Berneil) Fuller (Minneapolis, MN), Will (Lolita) Lewis, III (Gary, IN), Michael (Jackie) Lewis (Holland, MI), and Gilbert Lewis (Chesterton, IN).

His legacy will continue to live on in the memories of his 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Homegoing Service is Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the 5th Avenue United Methodist Church, 2600 W. 5th Avenue, Gary, IN, 46404. Family Hour is 10 to 11 a.m. Service will begin at 11:00 a.m., Officiating, Minister Will Lewis IV, Pastor Annette Ayers, Eulogy.

Funeral services are entrusted to Smith, Bizzell and Warner Funeral Home.



Posted 9/15/2017




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