Hewitt “David” Lewis entered peacefully into eternal rest on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the age of 80. He was a native of New Orleans, LA and a resident of Avondale, LA. David, as he was affectionately known to family and friends, was a graduate of Joseph S. Clark High School, where he was a drum major. He continued his education at Southern University Baton Rouge, obtaining a degree in History. While at Southern, he played clarinet as a member of the world-renowned “Human Jukebox” marching band. Hewitt was employed for over 30 years as a Senior Sales Representative with Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company, until his retirement in early nineties. He enjoyed fishing, watching sports and western movies, but the most joyous was spending time with his grandchildren. One of his favorite past times was traveling to Belhaven University to watch his grandson David play linebacker for the Blazers. He also enjoyed watching his grandson Daniel play football for Pard Playground and his granddaughter Morgan perform at her dance recitals. On Monday, March 14, 2022, his beloved wife of 57 ½ years Ethel Edwina McKay Lewis, joined him in eternity at the age of 81. Because of their strong love for each other, death could not keep them apart, four days later their love reunited them together. She was a native of New Orleans, LA and a resident of Avondale, LA. Ethel was a cheerleader and a member of the first graduating class of George Washington Carver High School. She furthered her education at Southern University Baton Rouge, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She was employed with the Orleans Parish Public School System as a teacher and librarian and retired after 25 years of service. Ethel enjoyed singing, dancing, shopping, and dressing up. She was always the life of the party. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and sharing stories of their accomplishments with others. She enjoyed attending her grandsons football games and her granddaughter’s dance recitals. Ethel was an active member of Second St. John Baptist Church, where she served as vice president and treasurer of the Senior Only Ministry. She was also, the chairperson for African American History Month. Loving parents of David O. (Carol) Lewis and Aaron M. (Leslie) Lewis. Devoted grandparents of David Alexander, Daniel Alexander, and Morgan Alexis Lewis. Their memories will live in the hearts of their brothers and sisters, Jules Joseph Raymond Lewis, Jr., John Duel “Peewee” Lewis, and Jeanette Lewis Richardson, Hewitt’s siblings; Douglas Allen, Jr. and Carolyn M. Allen (Vinto) Mickens, Ethel’s siblings. Also treasuring lasting memories, their brother-in-law Johnnie Tyler, Jr., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Both were preceded in death by their parents Jules Lewis, Sr., Enola “MeMe” Smith Lewis, Percy McKay, and Laura Cyrus Allen. Ethel’s sister Audrey McKay Tyler also preceded her in death. Relatives and friends of the family, also pastors, officers, and members of Second St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Divine Providence Baptist Church, Israel Baptist Church, Greater Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, and all neighboring churches are invited to attend the Homegoing Celebrations at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, 1738 L. B. Landry Avenue New Orleans, LA on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 10:00a.m. Pastor Norman Francis, host pastor; Pastor Charlie Davis, officiating. Visitation will begin at 8:00a.m. until service time at the above named church. Interment: Restlawn Park Cemetery-Avondale, LA. Arrangements by Davis Mortuary Service 230 Monroe St. Gretna, LA To view and sign the guestbook, please go to www.davismortuaryservice.com.
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