Robert Lewis, age 81, died at home on March 22, 1991 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was born October 10, 1909 in Tunica, Mississippi to Mose Lewis, Sr., and Janie Della Lewis. On March 21, 1933, he married Althea S. Lewis; she preceded him in death in 1990. He graduated from Natchez College in Natchez, Mississippi. He received continuing education at Dillard University at New Orleans, Louisiana, and at the U. of U. in Salt Lake City, Utah. He began his civil service employment in 1934 in New Orleans, attached to the U.S. Army Engineer Corp. In 1943, he transferred employment to the Navy and was assigned to Pearl Harbor Base, at Honolulu, Hawaii for a 20 month period as a packing and preservation specialist. In 1945, he was transferred to Clearfield Supply Depot at Clearfield, Utah, where he was employed until the supply depot closed, and he was transferred to Supplies, at the V.A. Hospital in Salt Lake City. He worked there until his retirement.Mr. Lewis joined Calvary Baptist Church, and began his dedicated and active involvement in community service upon his arrival in Salt Lake City 46 years ago. He served as a volunteer coordinator with the Salt Lake Black USO.
He was an active member, officer and board member of the Salt Lake NAACP from the mid 1950's, he served on the boards of Coop Service and the Utah Federal Credit Union. During the '60's and '70's, he served on the advisory board of Model Cities. Since 1969, he held various offices on the Central City Advisory Board. From the mid '70's, he served as a trustee for the Utah Nonprofit Housing Corp. In 1976, he was the first Black to be appointed to the Salt Lake City Corporate Planning and Zoning Commission. This appointment, he held to the mid 1980's. From January, 1981, he served on the Salt Lake City Corporation Board of Adjustments. Throughout his life, he sang with various community choirs which performed Easter Services at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple and Easter Sunrise Services on the Capitol steps.
Mr. Lewis is survived by daughters, Althea Jacquolyn Lewis; and Bobbye Gwendolyn Lewis, of Brooklyn, New York; nephews, Mose Lewis, III, Silver Springs, Maryland; Rodgers M. Lewis, Roosevelt, Long Island, New York; nieces, Janet Lewis Henson, Rachelle Lewis Tyson, and Ruby Lewis Miller, of Memphis, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Willie B. Lewis, Memphis, Tenn.; brother-in-law, James Henry Smith, Natchez, Miss.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 29, 1991 at 1 p.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church, 530 East 700 South, Salt Lake City, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment will be at MacKay Lake Hills Memorial Park, 10055 South State Street, Sandy. Funeral directors, MacKay Deseret Mortuary, 36 East 700 South, Salt Lake City.
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