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William O. “Billy” Lewis Sr.
Hodges-Moore Funeral Home
BROOKLET, Ga. -- William O. “Billy” Lewis Sr., age 81, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his residence under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice, surrounded by his loving family.
    Mr. Lewis was born in Stilson and was raised in Savannah. While in Savannah, he attended Barnard Street School, Chatham Junior High School and Commercial High School. After high school, Billy returned to Stilson and began working as a boilermaker and mechanic with Local #26 of Savannah and worked there for 42 years until his retirement.
    He was a member of Hubert United Methodist Church, Guyton Blue Lodge, where he was a 32nd degree Mason, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners.
    Billy enjoyed dirt-track racing and owned and raced his own car.
    Billy was also a ham radio operator and loved to water ski and listening to country music.
    Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Wilma Lucile Brown Lewis; and his brother and sister-in-law, James and Catherine Lewis.
    Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Lewis of Stilson; son, William Oscar Lewis Jr., and wife, Patricia; daughters, Glenda Fail, and husband, Clate; Donna Blitch, and husband, Jeffery; Susan Beasley, and husband, Jeffrey, all of Stilson; Sandra Toy of Statesboro and Kristy Lewis of Springfield, Ill.; brother, H. Frank Lewis, and wife, Myra ,of Guyton; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Honey Bun.
    A gathering of family and friends will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home.
    The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, in the chapel of Hodges-Moore Funeral Home with the Reverend Jay Williams and Brother Mel Shuman officiating. Burial will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
    Pallbearers will be Jud Blitch, Jeffrey Beasley, Jr., Scotty Lewis, Clate Fail, Christopher Fail and Tim Lewis.
    Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Guyton Blue Masonic Lodge and the Boilermakers Local 26.
    Please visit our online memorial at to sign the guestbook and share fond memories with the Lewis family.
    In lieu of customary remembrance, memorial contributions may be directed to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.
    Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, May 18, 2018
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