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Samuel Steven Lewis

October 16, 2018

Mr. Samuel Steven Lewis passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Augusta, GA. Services are entrusted to Sidney A. Jones and Campbell Funeral Services.

Samuel Steven Lewis is the son of Virginia B. Lewis and the late Captain Robert Lewis, Jr.. His siblings are Brenda Lewis of Savannah, Patricia (Eugene) Calloway of McDonough, GA, and Robert (Lori) Lewis III, of Savannah, GA. He leaves behind his children, Steven Lewis of Savannah, Samuel Lee, of Atlanta, and a host of grandchildren, and one remaining Aunt, Lucille Washington of Washington, DC.

Samuel Lewis was born in Savannah, GA on August 20, 1959. He attended the Savannah Chatham-County Public Schools and also matriculated at Savannah State College now University. He became interested in sports at an early age and excelled in basketball, baseball, and football. As he grew older, football became his passion. He excelled as a running back while playing Pop Warner Football. From there he went on to play running back at Savanah High School, where he was named to the All-City Team. Upon graduation, Sam, as he was called, received a scholarship to play football at Savanah State College. Though he was small in stature, his heart, will, speed, strength, and talent, allowed him to excel among giants. He was affectionately called “Billy White Shoes Johnson” because all you saw were the whites of his cleats as he ran back 100-yard kickoffs or sprinted down the sidelines on a simple handoff. An exciting moment came when Sam was invited to a Dallas Cowboys training camp, but he proved to be too small for the professional level during that period.

After Savannah State, Sam joined the Marines. After Boot Camp, he earned his Dress Blues, for his valor and honor, that only a few have the distinction of being awarded. After he was honorably discharged from the Marines, he joined the Air Force to continue his military service. Sam was a member of St. Philip AME Church on the Blvd., where he sang in the choir occasionally and served as an usher.

While Sam was in high school, the family moved from the westside of Savannah to the eastside of Savannah. What’s worth knowing about this move is that, Sam introduced organized sports to many of the young men in the neighborhood, who typically just played ball in the streets. It was a something to behold to see the young men getting on vans and being transported to the westside of town to play Pop Warner football for the PALS. With a few even going further and playing for Savannah High School. He left his legacy behind on Savannah’s Eastside by encouraging and motivating his friends to play sports and not be idle.   

Sam became ill last year, as he fought Cancer for a year, until God called Him on October 16, 2018, and released him from the pain and suffering. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as His Savior and now he abides in the loving arms of Christ our Savior. As we live on this earth, we learn that man may not forgive, but God’s Grace is sufficient. 

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