Celebrating a full life

Preston Lewis Jr. made the most of his many years

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The Augusta Judicial Circuit lost a top-flight Juvenile Court judge. Burke County lost one of its most upstanding citizens.

So many parts of the CSRA will feel the loss of Preston Lewis Jr.

Lewis, who died at age 81 on Christmas Day, lived an incredibly full professional and civic life, but it was never so full that he couldn’t spend time with the family he adored.

Lewis didn’t do it all – it just seemed like he did. He won the Bronze Star as a U.S. Army officer during the Korean War. He rose to become president of his law class at the University of Georgia before embarking on a 51-year career practicing law. He served in both houses of the Georgia General Assembly – six terms in the House of Rep­re­sentatives and one term in the Senate.

He was an active Shriner, Mason and Rotarian, and a faithful parishioner at Waynesboro First United Methodist Church.

Many people could accomplish that much in their lives and call it a day. Not Lewis. He capped his legal career by sitting on the Juvenile Court bench with his characteristic professionalism.

“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,” said Augusta Circuit Chief Judge Carl Overstreet.

Above and beyond that, we’ve lost one of the most personable people around. Lewis always was ready with a smile, and he knew how to tell a story.

We’re sorry his life’s story has ended, but Lewis absolutely made the most of it, and helped so many along the way.

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