Mrs. Mildred (Deal) Lewis

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Service Information
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home
502 Miller Street Ext.
Statesboro, GA

Mrs. Mildred Deal Lewis, age 96, after living a long and beautiful life, passed away Tuesday morning just before sunrise at the Ogeechee Area Hospice inpatient facility in Statesboro, Ga.
Mrs. Lewis was the eldest child of the late Marie Franklin Deal Lee and Lewis Carter Deal. She was a 1941 graduate of Statesboro High School, where she played forward in girls' basketball and led them to victory at the state championship in 1940, where she was later inducted into the Statesboro Athletic Hall of Fame.
She was married for nearly 50 years to the late O.B Lewis Sr., who preceded her in death in 1991.
Mrs. Lewis was a lifetime entrepreneur, having owned and operated Lewis Bakery, gift shop and florist in Rincon, Ga., where she was an accomplished baker, caterer and floral designer, and seamstress.
For many years, she taught cake decorating classes and directed many local weddings.
After accepting Christ as a young woman at First Baptist Church Port Wentworth, Mrs. Lewis, along with her husband, served in many capacities in First Baptist Church Port Wentworth, Faith Baptist in Rincon and finally First Baptist Church Statesboro. She was active in the WMU, having served as director, and also served in the children's ministry, Sunday school and Bible school teacher, as well as church missions.
Mrs. Lewis assisted with the Health and Wellness Fair, the quarterly traffic survey, the Extension Teen Mother Intervention Project, RVI Project and formerly made baby gowns for use at Bulloch Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Lewis was the 1990 Georgia Homemaker of the Year.
For the last five years, Mrs. Lewis has been a resident of Southern Manor Retirement Inn, where she was active in the morning devotional, the parade committee and was a founding member of the Statesboro Golden K Kiwanis Club.
Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her late husband, O.B. Lewis Sr.; four brothers, Carl Deal, Wilbur Lewis Deal, Joe Deal, Bunny Deal; a daughter-in-law, Dianne Lewis; and a son-in-law, Dale Wilkinson.
Surviving are her loving daughters, Bonita Wilkinson of Statesboro and Beth (Danny) Lively of Lake Oconee; two sisters, Mary Taylor of Portal and Janelle (Raybon) Anderson of Statesboro; and two brothers, Dan Deal of Brooklet and Paul Franklin Deal of Statesboro; six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 28, at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home from 5 until 7 p.m.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 29th, at 11 a.m. at Statesboro First Baptist Church with Dr. John Waters officiating.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Ron, Joe and Al Deal, Mike Anderson, Steve Lewis and Don Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fidelis Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.
Friends may sign the online register book at
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, March 28, 2019
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