Rev. James Lewis

RIPLEY – The Rev. James Aron Lewis, 78, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 4, 2013. He was born on June 1, 1934, in Mantee and reared in Webster County.

He was saved at the age of 8 and called into the ministry and preached his first sermon at age 14. He was a graduate of Clarke College at Newton; Blue Mountain College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, N.C.. He completed 65 years in the ministry and served as a pastor for 55 years. He faithfully served as pastor of Horton Memorial Baptist Church, Pontotoc; Wallerville Baptist Church, New Albany; Northside Baptist Church, New Albany; Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Creedmoor, N.C.; Wolf Pond Baptist Church, Pageland, S.C.; Sunset Road Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.; Blue Springs Baptist Church, Blue Springs; Academy Baptist Church, Blue Mountain; East Louisville Baptist Church, Louisville; Cherry Creek Baptist Church, Ecru; and Liberty Baptist Church, Pontotoc.

He was active in the Mississippi Baptist Convention, serving on the Executive Committee for six years in the late 1970’s, working with disaster relief and college development. He taught seminary extension courses through the Pontotoc County Baptist Association for 15 years and served as a hospice minister with the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center for 15 years.

A wonderful godly father, husband and grandfather, he had a huge impact on those around him and loved spending time with his family and encouraging others. He truly loved people and ministered to his congregations as God led him. He will be dearly missed.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cherry Creek Baptist Church. Bro. Roger Reeder, Bro. Gary L. Berry and Bro. George Steward will officiate. Burial will be at the Ecru Memorial Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Melba Purdon Lewis; his children, Charlotte Ann Lewis Berry (Gary) of Belton, Mo., and James Allen Lewis (Staci) of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren, John Berry, Grant Berry and Sierra Berry, all of Belton, Mo., Brian Berry of Springfield, Mo., Amber Lewis and Andrea Lewis, both of Pontotoc, Bryce Akins, Brant Akins and Leigh Allison Akins, all of Ripley; two brothers, Clatie (Maxine) Lewis of Atlanta, Ga., and Raymond (Helen) Lewis of LaGrange, Texas; one sister, Martha Knudsen (Ray Barton) of Conroe, Texas; extended family, Erich and Joann Munn of Ripley, and Sean and Shelley Akins of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Terry and Martha Ann Shaffer Lewis; three brothers, Guy Lewis, Thurman Lewis and George Lewis; three sisters, Sarah Holland, Vera Lewis, and Florence Boyd; and his grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the Cherry Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 603, Ecru MS, 38841.

A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday, March 13, Chickasaw Journal.

Online expressions of sympathy and guest registry are available at

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