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Dr. Theodore Thomas Lewis


Retired physician Dr. Theodore Thomas Lewis, 93, died Monday, January 6, 2014, at his home in Charleston, MS.

He was born to the late James Russell and Esther O'Bryant Lewis, July 28, 1920, in Batesville, Mississippi. Dr. Lewis was a graduate of Batesville High School, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he obtained his medical degree. He was married to the late Josephine Osborn Hunter. Dr. Lewis was a decorated veteran of World War II, where he served as an Army medic and was honored with both a bronze star and a purple heart. During the war, he decided to pursue a medical career when he returned home. After medical school, Dr Lewis began what became his life's work and his passion, caring for the people of the community of Charleston and its surrounding area. Through countless late nights and early mornings, Dr. Lewis attended the births, illnesses, and passings of Charleston for decades. His dedication to his patients, and their reliance on him, led him to practice well into his eighties, including more than one false start at retirement. As a result, Charleston is a community filled with "Dr. Lewis Stories," stories full of gratitude, heartbreak, humor, and recognition of his presence at many of the most significant moments of his patients' lives.

Dr. Lewis held many different leadership roles in the community, including serving as a city councilman, a member of the board of directors at Tallahatchie County Bank, multiple terms as chief of staff at Tallahatchie County Hospital, and was a named a "Living Legend" by the Charleston Arts and Revitalization Effort (CARE).

During the rare moments when Dr. Lewis was not at work, he was often found at the Tallahatchie Country Club, riding in a golf cart or enjoying a scotch and a cigar at his favorite seat at the bar. When home, and when an Ole Miss game wasn't playing, his favorite activity was to bury himself in a book, any book, with his beloved cat Puff purring in his lap.

He is survived by a loving family that includes four children, Leigh Lewis Harris, Susan Harriet Lewis, Elisabeth O'Bryant Lewis (Doug Berry), and James Russell Lewis as well as three grandchildren, John Harris (Christine Harris), Adrienne Lewis Milner (Adam Milner), and Thomas Lewis, and one great-grandchild, John Theodore Harris. His family also gratefully recognizes the love and care of Maggie Lee Herman, who faithfully served Dr. Lewis for more than 30 years.

Visitation will be at 10am followed by services at noon Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Charleston, 100 East Main St., Charleston, MS 38921.

Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church.


Published in Clarion Ledger on Jan. 8, 2014
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