Emerson Elwood Lewis (1936-2007) Our beloved Emerson Elwood Lewis, 71, of Brown Ridge in Sandy Hook, Ky., went to be with our Father, the Lord and Savior, on Oct. 22, 2007, in St. Claire Regional Medical Center after an arduous and heroic battle with cancer. Emerson was born March 29, 1936, to his loving parents, Biggie Milford and Verlina Fraley Lewis, in Newcombe, Ky., where he spent his childhood days working and enjoying the great outdoors with his family. Emerson loved to hunt and share stories of the land. He took great pride in sharing these traditions with family. Emerson was of the Baptist faith and a member of Concord Enterprise Baptist Church, where he attended services with his family and friends while sharing his love of the Lord for many, many years. His commitment to his faith was outstanding. Despite our pain, our loss here on Earth is truly Heavenís gain. Over the years, Emerson became highly talented with his hands and imagination. He was a creator of all things wooden. Emerson took great joy in the things he could craft with his hands from finished wood of the raw pine knots he would find in the woods. He was a retired member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 723 of Prestonsburg, Ky., in 1966; Local 2408 of Xenia, Ohio, from 1967 to 1971 and Local 472 of Ashland, Ky., from 1971 to 1995. Perhaps most importantly, Emerson was a strong family man who made no attempt to hide the love he felt for his family. He was a son, a husband, a father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was the greatest man we ever knew. In addition to his parents, Emerson was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Gay Lewis Roe; four sisters, Lena Thornberry, Edna Boggs, Lizzie Boggs and May Gilliam; and a brother, Noah Lewis. Living in his glorious memory are his wife of 46 years, Emma Sue Whitley Lewis of Sandy Hook; two daughters, Tammey Sue and Jackie Lewis of Grayson, Ky., and Connie and B. Scott Ingram of Morehead, Ky.; a son, Bobby G. and Melissa Lewis of Olive Hill; six grandchildren, Jasmyne R. Lewis of Grayson, Jared D. and Sara Lewis of Grayson, Korey S. Ingram of Morehead, Nikkita M. Roe of Sandy Hook, Cody G. Ingram of Morehead and Tanner S. Lewis of Olive Hill; a great-granddaughter, Aliya J. Lewis of Grayson; five sisters, Bessie and Edwin Salyers of Piketon, Ohio, Ivory Dickerson of Grafton, Ohio, Alice Leadingham of Grayson, Monnie Thornberry of Sandy Hook and Goldie and Lional Dickerson of Sandy Hook; and three brothers, Edwin and Sue Lewis of Sandy Hook, Clyde and Myrtle Lewis of Sandy Hook and Junior and Shirley Lewis of Olive Hill. No matter how great our pain, our sorrow or our grief, we can see Emerson standing up in Gloryland, his skin smooth and his back straight and tall. We know that he can see us. We each hear him answer when we call. For in our hearts, Emerson will never die. He will be here with us to the end. This is our goodbye until we meet again. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook. Burial will be in Elliott County Memory Gardens. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Submitted by Linda Cheeks Pittano