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Emerson Allen Lewis

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Emerson Allen Lewis, 69, a resident of Owen County passed away Saturday, June 23, 2012  at the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Grant County.
Emerson is the son of Edith Stewart Lewis, surviving, and the late Jessie Lewis.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ruth Ann Lewis; his daughter, Edie Lewis Groover and husband Phil Groover; stepsons, Brian and Rodney Black; daughters-in-law, Susan Trish and Erin Black; grandchildren, Carter, Mckenzie, Rachel and Adam; three sisters, Wanda Dunavent, Sandy Olds and Charlotte Hardin; and countless family and friends.
Emerson had a rich life of 69 years in the community as a sought after mechanic, auto-body repairman and used car dealer. In addition to this 50 year love affair with automobiles, he served his country for six years in the United States Army and Reserves. Known as a perfectionist and someone who needed to master whatever task he undertook, he became a national archery champion on the professional level. Ready for a new challenge, golf was his greatest pastime and kept him striving for 35 years.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and son, Emerson touched all of our lives with his love, his warmth and humor. He loved his stepsons and stepchildren as his own. He overcame many obstacles including a childhood stutter and extreme shyness in social situations. By the end of his life, he was a jokester, a chatterbox, and the one that put everyone else at ease. He had a draw that attracted children to him and a childlike sense of fun. As a child himself, he was known to ride his bicycle up a tree, or ride sitting backwards on the handlebars. There was always some new trick or stunt to amuse himself. He was always tinkering and even as a child, he would take his toys apart to see how they worked. He could fix anything.
In recent years, Emerson began to re-examine his childhood faith, truly embracing it personally. He wished to celebrate his life with the people he loved at Poplar Grove Baptist Church. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 27, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Poplar Grove Baptist Church with funeral services beginning at noon. the Rev. Tom Hall will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Poplar Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Poplar Grove Baptist Church Building Fund.