Polly Lewis Williamson Copsey
1937 - 2018
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Mrs. Polly Lewis Williamson Copsey, died peacefully in her sleep after a 16-year battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body dementia. She was an honorable wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Polly was the daughter of James Roy "Pop" Lewis and Pauline Holloway Lewis and was a native of Lincoln County, GA.

Polly was loved by countless millions as a singer through her live performances and television appearances both locally and internationally with the Gaither Homecoming video series, during her 58-year gospel music career with her family, The Lewis Family. From a humble beginning in 1951, The Lewis Family rose to prominence as America's First Family of Bluegrass Gospel Music singing for fans throughout the United States and the world wherever their music was played. They performed in such prestigious venues as the Lincoln Center in New York City, NY; The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. It was approximately April 1954 when they began their own TV show at WJBF-TV in Augusta, GA, appearing on Sunday mornings. The show ran every Sunday for a national record of 38 years, ending in 1992 due to the family's demanding travel schedule. The Lewis Family continued to record a Christmas show for WJBF until the group's retirement in 2009. At the time they retired, The Lewis Family on stage included Miggie, Polly, Janis, Little Roy, Lewis Phillips and Travis Lewis.

The Lewis Family first recorded in the early 1950s for the Hollywood label. Then they recorded two 78's for Sullivan, who was also the Lewis Family's first sponsor on TV. The Lewis Family spent 15 years recording for Starday, and 16 years at Canaan. After a few years at Riversong, the Lewis Family signed with Daywind Records rounding out their five decades of musical recordings. Some of the Lewis Family's best known original songs featured Polly, such as "Slippers with Wings", and "Hallelujah Turnpike".

During their years of travel, The Lewis Family averaged 100,000 miles and 200 concerts each year. For 22 years, The Lewis Family Homecoming & Bluegrass Festival was held in their hometown of Lincolnton, GA, at the Elijah Clark State Park. Their fans have included such diverse viewers as former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and rock legend Elvis Presley. The Lewis Family was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2005, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Honor in Nashville in 2006. Polly was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

Polly was a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church in Lincolnton, GA.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Pauline (Mom) Holloway Lewis and James Roy (Pop) Lewis; her first husband of 24 years, Elzie Williamson; also, her husband, Leon Copsey; her sister, Miggie Lewis; her brothers, Mosley and Wallace Lewis; and her grandson, Blane Williamson. She is survived by her daughter, Sheri Easter (Jeff); her son, Scott Williamson; her grandchildren, Madison Easter (Shannon), Morgan Easter-Smith (Landan) & Maura Easter, Paige Williamson, Brittany Williamson Harrison (Evan), and Blake (Brittney) Williamson; great-grandchildren, Kayden Vaughn, Liam and Olivia Walker, Gracelynn Williamson, Hadley and Jasper Williamson and Miles Easter; one sister, Janis Lewis Phillips; three brothers, Esley Lewis (Evelyn) of Hephzibah, GA, Talmadge Lewis (Cornelia) of Evans, GA, and Little Roy Lewis (Bonnie).

Our deepest and sincere thanks to her long-term caregivers, Melissa Gibbs, Sara Lieb, Nita and Richard Maxwell, Shannon Easter, Morgan Easter-Smith and Bernice Wilson, and Regency Hospice, Penny and Joyce.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 4pm at Hephzibah Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Keith Lewis, Joey Lewis, Stan Lewis, Mike Lewis, Lewis Phillips and Walker T. Norman.

The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 7pm until 9pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: The Lewis Family Homeplace Restoration Fund, PO Box 160, Lincolnton, GA 30817

Beggs Funeral Home, 200 May Ave., Lincolnton is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Polly Lewis Willamson Copsey. www.beggsfuneralhome.net



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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Aug. 20, 2018.
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August 21, 2018
what a sweet lady always smiling talked a lot to her at Kissimmee fl blugrass back in 70 and 80s tried to go see the lewis family when I could so sorry what a voice heaven has gained
pauline hancock
August 21, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gary & Sheila Foster
August 21, 2018
Scott, I am so sorry to hear about your mother passing. Know that I have you and rest of your family in my prayers. Let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you.
Roslyn Jones
August 21, 2018
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Wanda Turner
August 21, 2018
Rest In Peace Miss Polly
August 20, 2018
So sorry to hear of Polly's passing -she is in a wonderful place now called Heaven -- I know she will be greatly missed by all -My prayers with each of you --you are in my thoughts--She was a friend and the same each time you saw her--Her love did show -- Love you Polly
Betty Wood
August 20, 2018
To the family of Polly Copsey--My prayers and thoughts are with you ----She was a friend and the same each time you saw her -she sure did show her love -- I know she will be missed --Love you Polly
Betty Wood
August 20, 2018
May you Rest In Peace Mrs Polly..you have touched many with your music..your sense of humor and your sweet spirit. May God grant you a new and eternal home where you will never be sick again.
Gregory Scarbrough
August 20, 2018
A loss to the whole world. What a talent and wonderful friend. Jacque will miss the talks y'all had . We'll all be together before long.
Lucky and Jacque Donohoo
August 20, 2018
Dear Little Roy and Family,

I am so saddened to hear about the loss of precious Mrs. Polly. She was an incredible women and singer. Her signature voice now rings through the holy hills of heaven, and although the pain you must be feeling now is so deep. She now rests in the arms of Jesus. Her earthy voice may be still now, but the beautiful recording she's left behind will continue to inspire generations to come.

Your friend,
Ryan Paisley
Ryan Paisley
August 20, 2018
Scott
So very sorry for your loss. I cherish the CD you gave me years ago at WSI of your Mom's favorites. Keep her in your heart and she will be with you always.
Linda Piper
LINDA PIPER
August 20, 2018
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Michael johnson
August 20, 2018
Polly's Family, Thinking of each of you in this difficult time. Polly was a class mate of mine (LHS 1955). May GOD wrap HIS loving arms around each of you and comfort you in this difficult time. My prayers are with you.
Betty Goldman Steele
August 20, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Grace Gilbert
August 20, 2018
Becky Miller
August 20, 2018
Her passing reminds me of our wonderful high school years. Although distance has separated us over the years, I remember so well that beautiful happy Polly and enjoyed seeing The Lewis Family in their successful career. Love and sympathy to her devoted family. Carolyn Stevenson Link and Bradey Link
August 20, 2018
TALMADGE & FAMILY,
May it bring special comfort to know that others care and share your loss.Thinking of you and family at this time of loss of your loved one.
HERBERT GILSTRAP
HERBERT GILSTRAP
August 20, 2018
Love your beautiful music. You will be greatly missed. Sending prayers to your family.
Lynn Chapman
August 20, 2018
Thank you for all the beautiful music I grew up listening to! Prayers for all the family! God bless you! Xo
Terry Cliett
August 20, 2018
A special friend, who I had the honor to sing with on several occasions. We had a special friendship and I enjoyed our visits duringThe Lewis Family shows and the bluegrass festivals. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
August 20, 2018
R.I.P Polly you will be missed by a lot of people.
Barbara Johnson
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