KINGS MOUNTAIN-Mr. Lawrence Charles "L.C." Lewis, 88, of Kings Mountain, departed this life on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, after a short illness.
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L.C. Lewis was born in Kings Mountain, to the late Mr. John and Ola Adams Lewis Jr. on Aug. 13, 1924.
However, mitochondrial DNA testing has revealed that L.C. Lewis was from the Bantu Tribe of East Africa and had the original markers of the first man on earth.
Lawrence attended Compact High School and continued his education while serving in the United States Army. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he returned home to marry his childhood sweetheart, Aleane, and start a family that would carry on his unique legacy.
A hard working man, L.C. applied his multiple skills to various positions throughout the North Carolina area. Locally, he had the janitorial contract for the Joy Theatre, Kings Mountain, a personal recycling service and after obtaining his CDL License, L.C. also worked as a fuel tanker truck driver, operating heavy equipment and supervising the training for Hawkins Construction and Petroleum Company. He later retired from Rea's Construction Company after a job well done.
Lawrence C. Lewis was a lifelong member of Galilee United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain, and even through his absence, his church community knew that faithfully his tithes would be there.
In addition to his parents, L.C. was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Aleane Byers Lewis; his two sons, Michael Lewis and Ricky W. Lewis; his brothers, George and Robert Lewis; and his sisters, Lillie Belle L. Byers, Thelma L. Degree, Sarah Lewis and Martha L. Odems.
He leaves behind to celebrate his life, three children, Evangelist Connie L. Neely, African Lecturer and Elder Abdul Raheem Bilal, formerly Lawrence Melvin Lewis, and Sister Mignon L. Hawkins; his daughters-in-law, Dr. Brenda Bilal and Adriane Lewis; his grandchildren, Anthony Neely, Abdul Bilal II, Tracy Brantley, Kawan Bilal King, Ricky Lewis, Michael Lewis and Kristophe Lewis-Malone; his great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Bilal, Cynthia Bilal, Jaden Bilal, Mikayla Neely, Abdul Bilal III, Maya Neely and Jace Brantley; his god-child, Karen Edwards; his sister-in-law, Aileane B. Lewis; his brother-in-law, Charles Lee Odems; and his extended family, which includes numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Sunday at Galilee United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain
Officiated By: The Rev. Paul Perkins
Burial: Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain
Funeral Home: Enloe Mortuary is serving the family
Online Condolences: www.enloes.net
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Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 25, 2013