ANDERSON, Ind. - Dr. L. David Lewis, 60, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died peacefully at his Anderson home on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006.
The son of the late O.C. and Pearl Lewis of Sikeston, he served as interim pastor at Tanner Street Church of God (1990) and was co-owner of Lewis Furniture Co. and Kingsway Furniture Store.
He and his wife, the former Margaret Watson, graduated from Sikeston Senior High School in 1963. He was a summa cum laude graduate of Anderson University in 1967 and earned a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1970 and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago's Divinity School in 1979. He was ordained to the ministry of the Church of God in 1971 and served in various leadership positions at churches in Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Missouri and Indiana.
Dr. Lewis joined the faculty of Anderson University in 1978 and for 20 years taught classes in both the Department of Bible and Religion and the Department of History and Political Science. He retired in 2004 as president and chief executive officer of Overseas Council International, a global Christian ministry based in Indianapolis.
During his academic career and his years of service with Overseas Council International, he traveled extensively. He led faculty and student groups to the Far East, Africa, Australia, Central America, South America and Europe and was a delegate at several World Conferences of the Church of God.
He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 39 years; a daughter, Dr. Stephanie Williams (Richard) of Denver, Col.; a son, Christopher Lewis (Sarah) of Indianapolis; grandchildren, George Williams of Denver and Clayton, Jason and Alexandra Lewis of Indianapolis; a brother, Donald Lewis of Columbia, Mo.; and a sister, Marilyn Moll, of San Antonio, Texas.
Visitation is from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Park Place Church of God, 501 College Drive, in Anderson.
Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 at Park Place Church of God with visitation one hour before the service.
Following services in Indiana, the body will be returned to the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, where visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:
30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Garden of Memories Cemetery with the Rev. Carl Addison, pastor of the Tanner Street Church of God in Sikeston, officiating.
All local arrangements are with Nunnelee Funeral Chapel.
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may be made to:
Lewis KIST Development Fund
Church at the Crossing
9111 Haverstick Road
Indianapolis, IN 46240