Elouise Bethea Lewis was granted her angel wings on June 20, 2021, at MUSC Medical Center Marion. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. She was born on September 22, 1939, in Marion County, to the late LeRoy Bethea and Millie Hughes Bethea. She was eldest of three children, Barbara Sanders and LeRoy Jr (preceded by death).
She was educated in the Marion County public schools and attended Palmetto High School. She married Alfonza Lewis on June 19, 1962; they were wed for 59 years.
Elouise and Alfonza had the pleasure of experiencing life in New York and Norfolk, Virginia before returning to Mullins in the early 70’s. There they met and maintained several special friends whom they considered extended family. She spent many years working for employers such as Dixie Laundry, Spring Mills and AVM where she made numerous friends in this community.
Elouise gave her life to Christ at an early age and joined Sandy Grove Holiness Church in Marion. Later she joined and was a devoted member of Mt Olive Baptist Church for more than 40 years. She served on numerous committees in the church such as the Pastors Aid, Deaconess and a devout Sunday School attendant. She was always happy to contribute to any cause.
Elouise was a wonderful mother and grandmother, known to us as “Ninny”. She was happiest when her entire family surrounded her. She hosted many a Sunday dinner which included her famous homemade biscuits and pound cake. She was well known in this community for her pound cakes, pies, red velvet cake squares and several other homemade baked goods. So much so she was called “the cake lady”.
She leaves to cherish her husband Alfonza Lewis, Five Children: Thomas L. Bethea (Charlotte, NC), Linda Diane Gerald (Mullins, SC), Lisa Lewis-Brown (Atlanta, GA), Ronald K. (Kimberly) Lewis (Charlotte, NC) and Rhonda E. (Glenn) Bridgers of Marion, SC., her only sister and best friend Barbara (Arthur) Sanders of Mullins, SC, SC, 12-grandchildren, 10-great grandchildren, 4-nieces, 6-nephews and a host of family and friends.
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