Edward L. Lewis, Jr., MD

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Dr. Edward Lloyd Lewis died peacefully on February 6, 2019 at Greene Point Health Care and Rehabilitation in Union Point, Ga. “Ed” Lewis grew up in Greensboro, Ga. before going into medical practice and raising his family in Athens, Ga., and finally retiring to Greene County in 2003. Beloved by family, friends and patients alike, he leaves behind a legacy of good work, good people and good will. He was 81.

Born in Greensboro, Ga. on September 16, 1937, to the late Judge Edward Lloyd Lewis and Kathleen McCowen Lewis, Ed excelled academically and athletically before graduating Greensboro High School in 1955. He cherished the experiences of his childhood where a sense of belonging and strong affection flourished in this small-town community. He attended Davidson College and Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina, completed his medical internship at the University of Virginia and then returned to Duke University for a residency in dermatology.

Dr. Lewis moved to Athens in 1967, where he practiced dermatology for 35 years. There he met and married Cheryl Hazelwood Lewis, mother of three of his daughters, who predeceased him in 1980. He met and later married Elizabeth “Beth” Blount Lewis of Athens, Ga., his wife of 37 years, and gained a stepdaughter. Ed and Beth deliberately and faithfully blended two families into one. They returned full-time to his much-loved Greene County in 2003, where he enjoyed the outdoors, his woodshop, reading and crafting handmade knives. He loved watching football and basketball, especially the Bulldogs and the Blue Devils. Dr. Lewis also was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, where he served as an elder.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shepherd Center.