Mr. Avin Lewis, 83, of Hazlehurst, died Sept. 19 at his residence.
Mr. Lewis was born May 20, 1938, in Jeff Davis County. He is preceded in death by his mother, Bitha Hand Lewis, sisters andbrother-in-laws Doris Sayer (Robert), Janice Caves (Buddy)m and beloved uncle andaunt L.A. and Mildred Hand.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dora Jean Pickren Lewis of Hazlehurst; daughters, Tammy Herndon (Drew) and Kim Tucker (Brad); son, Carl Lewis; grandchildren Shae Lewis, Donovan Lewis, Lindsay Bowden (Parker), Anslee Tucker, Emilee Tucker; great-grandchild Cora Lee Bowden; sister-in-laws Carrie Walker, Bess Tuten, Marian O’Conner, Maxine Pickren, Ruby Pickren; and several nieces and nephews.
Avin retired as beaming superintendent at Hazlehurst Mills after 38 years, but he worked in many departments during his career including knitting, wrap station, FLW, data entry and burling. Growing up, Avin worked on his family farm and those roots ran deep. As an adult, his love of farming continued, even after a long day at the Mill, he would head home and ride his tractor to relax until dark, growing corn and soybeans, and loving every minute.
He embraced life and savored the small moments that escape many, from meeting friends at the Huddle House for coffee, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, golfing, and riding motorcycles to always enjoying cake and ice cream on special occasions. He relished pleasures with his friends and family.
Avin attended Elizabeth Baptist Church and was known to read his Bible and Billy Graham devotional daily. His love and commitment to his wife and his family knew no bounds. He considered it an honor to be a husband and father. Just two weeks before his death, Avin asked Brother Keith, pastor of his church, to conduct a wedding vow renewal with he and Dora. Avin’s three children and five grandchildren were the absolute apples of his eye and he was so excited to meet his great-grandchild, delighting in watching her smile and wave.
Graveside services will be held Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Keith Yawn officiating.
Active pallbearers will be Brad Tucker, Drew Herndon, Carl Lewis, Cory Mason, Wendell Pickren and Craig Selph.
Family may be contacted at the residence of Kim Tucker, 178 Rogers St. Hazlehurst.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Elizabeth Baptist Church or Community Hospice of Vidalia.
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