COE Lillian Lewallen, February 13, 1920 to June 23, 2014, born in Harlan, Kentucky to Albert and Retha Manning Lewallen. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, James, who passed away in 2008; brother Egre Lewallen (Norma Keesey); sisters, Helen Swafford (Oscar) and Ethel Green (Richard). Lillian is survived by daughter Jan Davis and son-in-law Ernie Davis of Fort Myers, FL and Lexington, KY. She was blessed with one granddaughter, Stacy Davis, of Lexington and one great grandson, Brody Solomon, for whom she thought the sun rose and set. Also surviving family members are 2 nephews, Dr. Albert Lewallen (Solveigh) of Bakersfield, CA and Ernie Lewallen, (Debbie) of Cincinnati, OH and 1 niece, Jayna Wilson (Charles) also of Cincinnati, OH. Numerous great and great-great nephews and nieces. A special thank you to Lillian's loving caregiver, Myrna Hatfield of Somerset who sat by her side talking and watching old TV shows for 3 summers. Attended Harlan High School and received her teaching degree from the then Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College where she majored in Business Education. Later returning to Eastern to gain both a Masters degree and Rank 1 certification that she used to educate young people for almost 5 decades in Kentucky at Harlan High School, Clay County High School and in Ohio at Madeira High School. She will be remembered for her ability to listen to students' problems and her never ending smile of encouragement to those around her. For "Ms Coe", teaching was not a job but a life's work she dearly loved and respected. Funeral services will be 2pm Monday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street by Steve May. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be 1pm until the time of the service Monday at the funeral home.
Kerr Brothers Funeral Home
463 East Main Street Lexington, KY 40509
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 28, 2014