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“To my granny that I love and adore so so much but granny I no u are in a better place but im lose without u on Saturday dont have no one to talk to...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Venetta Hampton - central city, KY

“Dorothy Lewis was an inspiring woman. I so respected and admired her. I had the great pleasure of working with She and Clarence for many years. Such...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Vivian Stobaugh Clark CPA - KY

“I loved her dearly. She always was so appreciative and attentive when I spoke to her at church. I will certainly miss her! With great admiration,...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Sally Watkins Washburn - KY

“What a wonderful lady Mrs. Lewis was and what glorious legacy of faith and love she leaves behind. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Karen Bingham - Central City, KY

“So very sorry about you Mother. She was a great lady ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Ted Curtis - Central City, KY

“Brenda, I have many fond and happy memories of being included in the warmth of your family's embrace. What a gift of life your parents were to you,...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Dianne Winkler Stuart - Winnetka, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you today and the coming weeks Your mother was so special to me and I wish that I lived closer where I could...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Ann Downey - Indian Harbour Beach, FL

“I am so sorry to hear about Dorothy. We know she is now no longer suffering and is walking hand in hand down those golden streets with her loving...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Janet Cates - La Mirada, CA

“Such a nice person who cared about everyone around her. What a wonderful life she had and it needs to be celebrated. God bless and comfort you Judy...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Hugh and Pat Sweatt - KY

“Dear Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful and loving tribute of your mother. She sounded like an incredible woman. You and your...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Kathy Baucom - Louisville, KY

“Judy and Family,So sorry about your loss of Mrs. Lewis. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with all of you during...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Judy and Bob Adkins - KY

“Miss Dorothy I called her - was a heart felt warm feeling, when I walked into church and she was there she would always smile and ask how I was...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Durward C. Thomas - Central City, KY

“Dorothy was a wonderful Christian lady. I enjoyed taking her my sour dough bread and visiting with her. She was quick to tell me when she was ready...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Patsy Underwood - Central City, KY

“Life stops but Memories go on forever. You are in our thoughts and prayers ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Joe and LuAnn Haywood - Hanson, KY

“While I was in beauty school, I had the privilege of doing Mrs. Lewis' hair almost every Friday. She was a jewel. I loved to hear her stories about...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Shea davis - Central city, KY

“Judy, Jerry, Children, and Grandchildren:You have my deepest sympathy and you all are in my prayers. I know that you all have been attentive to Mrs....Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Tom Higgins - Charleston, SC

“Mrs. Lewis was the sweetest lady I've ever met. It was a honor to be able to help take care of her and to learn from her. She was like a grandmother...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Chequitta Richardson - KY

“I will miss Dorothy at reunions. And listening to her talk about the Lile family. ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Elaine Mathis Bean - Madison, TN

“Dorothy has meant so much to Raymond and me. I will never be Able to make my sour bread without remembering how much she loved it. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Bea Arnold - Central City, KY

Dorothy Lile Lewis, 96, of Central City, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, at Baptist Health in Madisonville with her three daughters at her side. Mrs. Lewis was born August 31, 1917. She grew up in the Browder community in Muhlenberg County and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Hughes-Kirk High School. She was blessed with a loving and fruitful marriage to Clarence Martin Lewis for 73 years and was at his side when he passed away in 2012. She was an active member of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association for over 60 years and a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Resolution for over 30 years. She leaves an exemplary legacy as a lady of strong Christian faith. She was a former member and elder of the Central City First Presbyterian Church and honorary life member of the Presbysterian Church, U.S.A. She has been a faithful member of the Central City First United Methodist Church for the past 10 years.

The word "MeMaw" had a special meaning to Mrs. Lewis' family, especially to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who always considered being with her a special treat. "MeMaw" meant a powerful, sweet, God-loving lady. She was the matriarch of her immediate and extended family – the one that family members approached for guidance and Godly counsel. Along with Mr. Lewis, who worked as a coal miner for 32 years, Mrs. Lewis toiled long and hard as a retail clerk and homemaker to insure that their three daughters would have an opportunity they did not have – to get a college education. And they did, with advanced degrees – and they have all been successful. Mrs. Lewis lived and loved well and her family and the world is a better place because of her. She was a role model as a wife, mother, grandparent, sister and aunt – and she leaves a strong and lasting legacy of education, character and Christian values.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Morton and Maude Lile, her husband, Clarence Lewis, brothers, Granville, David and John A., and a sister, Jean Lile Tipton and she is survived by a brother, William (Diddle) Lile of Crofton.

She is survived by her three daughters: Nancy Harris (Norman) of Statesville, N.C.; Brenda Lewis of Louisville; and Judith Rhoads (Jerry) of Madisonville; seven grandchildren: Ron (Catherine) Harris of Charlotte, N.C.; Sarah (Jonny) Cannon of Raleigh, N.C.; Greg Ross of Owensboro; Jeannie Ross of Taos, N.M.; David Ross of Austin, Tx.; Bradley Rhoads (Marilyn) of Owensboro; Christopher Rhoads (Char) of Owensboro; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

The funeral service is at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, with Dr. Kevin Brown officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 – 8 p.m., Monday, June 30, and after 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 1, at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Clarence M. Lewis Childrens' Memorial Fund, First United Methodist Church, Central City. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at