Funeral set for Lillian Miles Lewis, wife of U.S. Rep. John Lewis

Funeral arrangements have been made for Lillian Miles Lewis, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, his office announced Wednesday.

Lillian Lewis died Monday morning at Emory University Hospital at the age of 73.

The Lewises had been married 44 years. They met at a 1967 New Year’s Eve party. She played a pivotal role in the civil rights legend’s move into a political career and forged her own career as an educator.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta.

Flowers may be sent to Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home, 1003 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta, until Sunday. After that day, flowers should be sent to Ebenezer Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian Lewis’ name can be sent to the American Kidney Fund Headquarters, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Please note in your correspondence that the memorial donation is to benefit the AKF office in Georgia, Lewis’ office requested. Donations may be made online at

Written condolences can be sent to Rep. Lewis and his son, John Miles Lewis, at 2015 Wallace Road, Atlanta.

—Staff writer Michelle E. Shaw contributed to this report.

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