Mr. J. Z. Lewis Sr.

Mr. Joseph Z. Lewis Sr. went to be with The Lord and many other loved ones on April 9, 2014, at his home.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Sybil; children, Martha & Robert Caswell, Violet L. Miles, Richard & Vickie Lewis, Lawrence Lewis, James & Ann Lewis; grandchildren, Brian Lewis, Amanda G. Freeman, Jaydon Metzger, Ragan G. Lewis; brothers, Johnny Lewis, David Lewis, George Lewis, Scott Walters, Will Walters, Charlie Walters Jr., Fred Walters; sisters, Kate Elam, Lovie Sturgeon, Margie, Maureen Wilson.

He is survived by his children: Ruth L. (Dorsey) Goss of Luthersville, Timothy Lewis of Newnan, Joe Lewis Jr. (Lynn) of Jacksonville, AL and Sandra L. (Bob) Estep of Moreland; 25 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Joe was born Oct. 24, 1917, in Cleburne Co., AL, to Mary J. S. and Charley Lewis. He moved with his family to Hogansville, GA, in a mule-drawn covered wagon in 1924. He later moved to Coweta County where he and his wife Sybil built their home on a section of the "Old Fry Plantation."

Joe - also affectionately known as Mr. Joe, Brother Joe, Uncle Joe, Papaw & Daddy – was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Baptist Church where he served as deacon, teacher, S.S. superintendent & fill-in pastor. In latter years he helped Westside Baptist Church in its infancy serving as teacher & helping to build the current sanctuary. Through the years he became an example of immovable faith and the dear receiver & dispenser of Christian love & affection.

Brother Joe was a member of Bigham Masonic Lodge in Moreland for over 60 years where he served as past Grand Master.

Mr. Joe was well-known in our region for his excellent tractor mechanic skills. His creative knowledge and frugal approach in various endeavors earned him the nick-name "Mr. Fix-It."

This very dear and precious man was well-loved and respected by all who knew him. We have been blessed to have had him in our lives for so long a time. He will always be in our hearts and very greatly missed.

Services to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday April 13 at McKoon Chapel with Pastors Melvin Payne and Alton Midgett. Pallbearers: Robin Caswell, Robby Estep, Joe Estep, Greg Lewis, Tyler Huddleston, Michael Lewis, Brad Lewis, Josh Stephens and Timmy Lewis. Graveside service to follow with Masonic tradition and prayer with Bro. Joe Honeycutt. Visitation is Saturday April 12 from 4-8 p.m.

McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, GA; 770-253-4580.



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