Edward Alban Lewis, age 89, of Oak Hill, Ohio, passed away the evening of December 26, 2014 at the family farm near Thurman, Ohio. He was born March 18, 1925 to the late Edward E. and Zelma Alban Lewis in the Centerpoint Community.
A graduate of Centerville High School, he attended Rio Grande College where he played basketball. He married Dorothy Faye (Taylor) Lewis December 16, 1954; she preceded him in death him August 2012. He was a lifelong farmer in Gallia and Jackson Counties. With his family, he operated the Lewis’ Turkey Farms, Inc. of Thurman, Ohio established in 1954 and Lewis’ Family Restaurant of Jackson, Ohio (1979-2005). He was a past member of the Ohio Poultry Association Marketing Board, past member of the Jackson County Republican Party Central Committee, past president of the Gallia Rural pamela 12/29/14 Water Association, past member of the Ohio Rural Water Executive Board, and a member of the Centerville Masonic Lodge. He was a supporter of community, 4-H, and other civic organizations throughout the area.
He is survived by his children, Marjorie D. (Gregg) Kiefer, Timothy E. Lewis and Beverly A. Lewis, all of Oak Hill; granddaughter, Richele N. (Greg) Farrar; great-grandchildren, Gage David, Madyson Taylor and Reagan Layne Farrar, all of Oak Hill; sisters, Irene Lloyd, Jenny Myers and Mary Thornton, all of Jackson and Winnie (Larry) Ghearing of Circleville. He also leaves behind his caregivers for the past three years, Becky Woods, Nancy Jones, Amy Capehart and Ashley Woods of Oak Hill and many, many friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Robert Isaac Lewis, and a sister, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Lane.
Serving as pallbearers are: Tom Woodward, Brent Bolin, Steve Lloyd, Timothy Lewis, Gregg Kiefer and Greg Farrar with honorary pallbearer, Gage David Farrar.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Oak Hill, Ohio. Burial will follow at Centerville Hill Cemetery on Thurman Rd. in Oak Hill. Friends may call Monday, December 29, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the name of Edward A. Lewis, to the Centerville Hill Cemetery Association, 961 Thurman Rd., Oak Hill, Ohio 45656. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillumfuneralhomes.com