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Joseph Lewis

March 10, 1940 — December 5, 2021

Columbus, OH

Joseph Lewis was born in Pamlico County, NC on March 10, 1940, to Bishop Johnie B. Lewis, Sr. and Beatrice M. Willis Lewis.

He was preceded in death by his father Johnie B. Lewis, Sr. and mother Beatrice M. Lewis Willis; his stepmother Mary Banks Lewis; his two sisters Helen Lewis Williams and Elema Lee Lewis Pearson; his brothers James Howard Lewis, Lee Lewis, Johnie B. Lewis, Jr., Charles Smith, Leslie Stanley, Phillip Quarles, and Michael Quarles.

Joseph attended Pamlico County School. Joseph left North Carolina when he was 16 years old and went to New York.

Joseph worked at Daniel Allen Sanitation for several years driving trucks, then he worked for ACE Sanitation Rubbish & Garbage for 35 years.

Joseph met the love of his life Barbara J. Hairston in 1968.

Joseph was known for his “Sam Cooke” voice. Everyone loved to hear him sing. He was a loving, sincere, kind, and humble man. He loved and lived life to the fullest. He loved everyone, especially his family. There was nothing like family to him. He was a peacemaker and had no hatred in his heart. He could also dance his butt off.

Joseph leaves to cherish his loving memories: his wife of 53 years Barbara J. Lewis; his 6 children Richard L. Hairston Lewis, Tomeki Lewis Mclean (Fred), Rochelle Lewis, Tyrone A. Lewis, Joseph A. Lewis, all of Columbus, OH, and Joseph Lewis Jr. (Tania) of New York; 1 granddaughter Destiny S. Lewis; 2 grandsons Patrick J. Holder and Jamal R. Spencer-Lewis; 1 grandson-in-law Jamier Humphrey; 2 great granddaughters Jamarrionna and Jamillia; 1 great grandson Jamier Jr.; his sister Akira Lewis; his brothers Bennie Kennedy, Huey Lewis (Dale) of Mississippi, Johnie Lewis of New Bern, NC, and Bryant Quarles of Havelock, NC.; 6 sisters-in-law, 12 god children; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

“Daddy, you have always been my number one man. You taught me so much, I’m so thankful that God chose you to be my dad. You were the most honest and loving person I ever knew. You taught me how to love at a young age. I promise to continue to make you proud of me. These last 47 years with you has been incredible. I’m going to miss everything about you, especially my song that you would sing on my birthday. Fly high, Daddy, till we meet again. I love you so much.” – Your Oldest Daughter

Homegoing Celebration to be held Saturday December 11, 2021, at Edwards Funeral service located at 1166 Parsons Ave. Columbus, OH 43206 at 1:00PM. Streaming service will be through Facebook Live at the following link Edwards Funeral Service at approximately 3 PM.

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