Local judge, state legislator Preston Lewis Jr. dead at 81

Preston Brooks Lewis Jr., an attorney, judge and legislator, died Sunday at age 81.



Preston Brooks Lewis Jr., an attorney, judge and legislator, died Sunday at age 81.

Lewis served as Burke County attorney and Juvenile Court judge for more than 30 years, served six terms in the Georgia House of Rep­re­sentatives and one term in the Georgia Senate.

“He’s one of the best lawyers I have ever known,” Augusta Circuit Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet said. “As a judge, he was above reproach and handled Juvenile Court very professionally, but also took into consideration the needs of the community with the juveniles they had.”

Over­street serves as a Sup­erior Court judge, which oversees the selection of Ju­venile Court judges.

“I will surely miss him as a friend and as a colleague,” he said.

Lewis graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1947 and the U.S. Navy Submarine School in 1949. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1953, received the Bronze Star and attained the rank of captain.

He graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1955, received a law degree from UGA Law School in 1958 and joined his father in practice at Lewis & Lewis shortly after. His son, Preston Lewis III, joined him in his practice for the last 30 years of his work, and he practiced law until 2009.

Lewis was a past president of the Waynesboro Shrine Club, a Rotarian and a member of Waynesboro Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and First United Methodist Church. He was also president of his law class and a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Katherine Honey Hill, and their four children, Preston Brooks Lewis III, Clifford Ellis Lewis, Julian Carlton Lewis and Katherine Virginia Lewis Jones. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and a sister, Betty Lewis Palmer.



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