Gordon Hamilton Lewis

 




Gordon Hamilton Lewis




Gordon Hamilton Lewis was born June 27, 1923, in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL, and died December 13, 2020, at Stonegates Retirement Community, Greenville, New Castle Co., DE, at age 97. Buried in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Owls Nest, New Castle Co., DE. He is the son of Robert Ash Lewis of Ramona, Lake Co., Dakota Territory (SD). He is the son of Robert Ash Lewis of Ramona, Lake Co., Dakota Territory (SD), and Freeda Wilhemina Larson of Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Julia Elizabeth "Lee" McClure was born June 20, 1925, in Atlanta, De Kalb Co., GA, and died February 24, 1996, at home, Woodbrook, west of Fairfax, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, at age 70. Buried in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Owls Nest, New Castle Co., DE. She is the daughter of Milton Black McClure of Lynnville, Giles Co., TN, and Mary Ola Lee of Stockbridge, Stockbridge Twp., Henry Co., GA.

Gordon Hamilton Lewis and Julia Elizabeth "Lee" McClure were married August 23, 1947, in Atlanta, De Kalb Co., GA.

Gordon Hamilton Lewis and Julia Elizabeth "Lee" (McClure) Lewis had three children:

  1. Julia Lee Lewis: Born October 6, 1951, in Parkersburg, WV. Married November 18, 1972, in Elkton, MD, to Dennis E. "Denny" Renken: Born about 1950 in Paterson, NJ.
  2. Nancy Kay Lewis: Born May 5, 1954, in Orange, TX. Married May 14, 1988, in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, to Pier E. DeJong: Born about 1955 in Madrid, Spain.
  3. Peggy Anne Lewis: Born September 2, 1957, in Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX. Married November 6, 1982, in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, to Robert Houghtaling: Born about 1954 in Unknown.




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Julia Elizabeth "Lee" (McClure) Lewis is buried in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Owls Nest, New Castle Co., DE. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 19, 1910, shows Claude E. Lee (age 39) born in Georgia to Georgia-born parents is a Railroad Foreman renting his home at 20 Summit  Avenue, 4th Ward, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA. Living with him is his wife of 18 years, Julia Lee (age 37) born in Georgia to United States and Georgia-born parents, with all 4 of the children born to her still alive. Also living at home are his four unmarried children, all born in Georgia to Georgia-born parents: Jesse M. Lee (age 17); Mary O. Lee (age 15); Samuel E. Lee (age 11); and Sarah J. Lee (age 8).


The Constitution, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA, Sunday, September 5, 1915

LEE - M'CLURE.

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Eugene Lee announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Ola, to Mr. Milton Black McClure, the wedding to take place October 20.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 6, 1920, shows Robert A. Lewis (age 28) born in South Dakota to New York and Iowa-born parents is a Manufacturer Draftsman owning his own home at 6213 First Avenue South, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL. Living with him is his wife, Freeda W. Lewis (age 26) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, who is an Army Nurse. The second household at this address is renting from Robert Lewis, and are Robert's parents: William Lewis (age 60) born in New York to Wales and New York-born parents, who is a Grocery Merchant; and Nellie Lewis (age 58) born in Iowa to Maryland and Ohio-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 10, 1920, shows Milton B. McClure (age 32) born in Tennessee to Tennessee-born parents is an Electrical Engineer owning his own home with a mortgage and living at 11 Arnold Street, 4th Ward, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA. Living with him is his wife, Mary McClure (age 25) born in Georgia to Georgia-born parents Also living at home are his two children, both born in Georgia to Tennessee and Georgia-born parents: Frances McClure (age 2-2/12); and Milton McClure (age 1-2/12).


The Constitution, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA, Saturday, June 18, 1921

Funeral Notices

M'Clure - Milton Lee McClure, the nineteen-months-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. McClure, of 11 Arnold street, died last night, following a short illness. Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) from the home at 4 p. m. Barclay & Brandon Co.


Gordon Hamilton Lewis was born June 27, 1923, in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL.

Julia Elizabeth "Lee" McClure was born June 20, 1925, in Atlanta, De Kalb Co., GA.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 5, 1930, shows Robert A. Lewis (age 38) born in South Dakota to New York and Iowa-born parents, and first married at age 27 is a Sales Manager for a Pipe Manufacturer, and who owns his house worth $10,000 and is living at 306 90th Street North, Roebuck, Jefferson Co., AL. Living with him are: his wife Freeda L. Lewis (age 36) born in Wisconsin to Sweden-born parents, and first married at age 27; his son, Evan L. Lewis (age 9) born in Alabama to South Dakota and Wisconsin-born parents; his son, Gordon H. Lewis (age 6) born in Alabama to South Dakota and Wisconsin-born parents; and his son, Robert G. Lewis (age 2-6/12) born in Alabama to South Dakota and Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 17, 1930, shows M. B. McClure (age 42) born in Tennessee to Tennessee-born parents and first married at age 28 is an Electrical Engineer for an Engineering Corporation renting his own home for $40/month and living at 1301 12th Street South, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL. Living with him is his wife, Mary McClure (age 35) born in Georgia to Georgia-born parents and first married at age 21. Also living at home are his two daughters, both born in Georgia to Tennessee and Georgia-born parents: Mary F. McClure (age 11); and Julia E. McClure (age 4).


Gordon Hamilton Lewis was a member of the 1939 Class of Woodlawn High School, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., GA.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 3, 1940, shows R. A. Lewis (age 48) born in South Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of College, is a married Camp Commander for the C. C. C. who owns his home worth $3,000 and is living at 6105 1st Avenue North, 34th Ward, City of Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL. Living with him are: his wife, Freeda Lewis (age 48) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of College; his unmarried son, Evan Lewis (age 19) born in Alabama, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 1 year of College, an Instructor in a College Lab; his unmarried son, Gordon Lewis (age 16) born in Alabama, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of High School, a Machinist Helper in a Machine Shop; and his unmarried son, Robert G. Lewis (age 12) born in Alabama, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 5 years of School.

Gordon Hamilton Lewis related to Leigh Rex Larson this anecdote from March 7, 2000: On December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor Day - your father Wilbur was visiting with my family in Atlanta, Georgia, and we had just finished Sunday dinner when we heard the news of the bombing at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. At that time, Wilbur was training at Fort Benning, Georgia, having been called up with the Wisconsin National Guard. My father was also on active duty with the Army Corps of Engineers, having been called up from the Army Reserve. He was located in Atlanta in connection with the building of a large Quartermaster Depot there.

Gordon Hamilton Lewis and Julia Elizabeth McClure were married August 23, 1947, in Atlanta, De Kalb Co., GA.

Julia Elizabeth "Lee" (McClure) Lewis died February 24, 1996, in Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, at age 70. Buried in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Owls Nest, New Castle Co., DE.


The News Journal, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, Monday, February 26, 1996

Obituaries

ELIZABETH "LEE" McCLURE LEWIS, 70, died Saturday of cancer at home in Woodbrook, west of Fairfax. Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Junior League of Wilmington and the Medical Center of Delaware's Junior Board. She was a homemaker. She and her husband, Gordon, lived around the country and in Holland before returning to the area in 1973. The couple spent half the year at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Survivors: husband of 48 years; daughters, Julia L. Renken of Monchengladbach, Germany, Nancy de Jong of Brentwood, Tenn., and Peggy Houghtaling of Hochessin; sister, Frances Moats of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; six grandchildren. Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania Ave. and Rodney Street, Wilmington. Burial: Lower Brandywine Cemetery, opposite Winterthur, Delaware 52. Contributions: Delaware Hospice.


The News Journal, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, Tuesday, February 27, 1996

Funeral Notices

LEWIS - At her late residence on February 24, 1996, Elizabeth "Lee" (Mc Clure) Lewis. Wife of Gordon H. Lewis of Woodbrook, Wilmington, Age 70 years. Also survived by three daughters: Julia L. Renken, Nancy L. de Jong, and Peggy L. Houghtaling, one sister, Frances M. Moats, and six grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend memorial services at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania Ave. and Rodney St., Wilmington, on Wednesday morning, February 27, at 11:00 a.m. Private burial will be in Lower Brandywine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810. Arrangements by THE CHANDLER FUNERAL HOMES.


June 6, 2013

Leigh, In case you haven't heard, my brother Evan died of respiratory failure on March 6, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. He was 92 years old, and was still living at home with his wife Bernie.  He was buried in Ft. Logan National Military Cemetery, Denver, with full military honors. Attending the funeral were his wife Bernie, his daughter Sharon of Sterling, Colorado; his son Griffith and his wife Barbara from Libertyville, Illinois; his grandson Jimmy from California; his granddaughter Christy from Nevada; his brother Gordon; and Gordon's three daughters - Julia from Virginia, Nancy from South Carolina, and Peggy from Pennsylvania. Bernie, who will be 94 on June 16th, wants to stay in her home in Denver as long as possible. I am still spending part-time in my home in Wilmington, Delaware, and part-time in my house in Port Royal Plantation, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Like Bernie, I want to keep it this way as long as I am able. I will be 90 on June 27th. I hope all is well with you. Regards, Gordon


Gordon Hamilton Lewis died December 13, 2020, at Stonegates Retirement Community, Greenville, New Castle Co., DE, at age 97. Buried in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Owls Nest, New Castle Co., DE.


The News Journal, Wilmington, New Castle Co., DE, December 19, 2020

Gordon Hamilton Lewis

Wilmington - Gordon Hamilton Lewis, 97, died peacefully on December 13, 2020, at Stonegates retirement community in Greenville, Delaware. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth McClure Lewis, who passed away in 1996. He is survived by his daughters, Julia Renken (Dennis) of Fairfax, VA; Nancy de Jong (Pier) of Greer, SC; and Peggy Houghtaling (Robert) of Kennett Square, PA; six grandchildren, Rebecca Floyd (Jason), Katherine Renken (Patrick Remson), Elizabeth Houghtaling, Robert Houghtaling, Andrew de Jong, and Sarah de Jong; and three great-grandchildren, Caroline Floyd, Audrey Floyd, and Matthew Remson. He was predeceased by his brothers, Evan Larson Lewis and Robert Griffith Lewis. Gordon was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1923, the second son of Robert Ash and Freeda Larson Lewis. He was raised in Birmingham and attended The Georgia Institute of Technology from 1941-43 and 1946-49, obtaining the degrees of Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering. At Georgia Tech, he was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, national engineering honor society; Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honor society; and served as an instructor in Mathematics for three years. He was awarded the Tau Beta Pi Cup for Outstanding Senior in Engineering. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. He attended basic training and Officer Candidate School at Fort Belvoir and served overseas in the Philippines and Japan. Upon his return to Atlanta in 1946, Gordon met Elizabeth "Lee" McClure of Atlanta, GA, who was secretary for the Dean of Students at Georgia Tech at the time. They married in August 1947. Gordon enjoyed a rewarding 38-year career with the DuPont Company. He began his professional career in 1949 at Parkersburg, WV, and had subsequent assignments in Orange, TX; Wilmington, DE; Dordrecht, the Netherlands; Brevard, NC; and Rochester, NY, before returning to Wilmington in 1973. In 1978, he was appointed Director of Manufacturing of DuPont's Photo Products Department, a position he held until he retired in 1987. In 1989, he and his wife bought a home on Hilton Head Island, SC, where they spent five months each year playing golf and enjoying many activities there. He continued to spend the winter months in Hilton Head until 2017. Gordon lived a very active life for many years. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed traveling and socializing with family and friends, and he loved music. He was a devoted patriarch of his family and had a keen interest in family genealogy--on both his and his wife's sides. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington Country Club, a Life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a Leadership Circle member of Roll Call, Georgia's Tech's Fund for Excellence. A private graveside service will be held at Lower Brandywine Cemetery in Wilmington, DE, where he will be laid to rest alongside his wife. The family suggests contributions to the Gordon and Lee Lewis Leadership Development Fund - in memory of Gordon H. Lewis, or to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13 St., Wilmington, DE 19806. Checks to the former should be made payable to the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., 760 Spring Street NW, Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30308.


December 30, 2020

Leigh,

It has been a while since we were in touch about our shared family genealogy. Today I have to share with you the sad news that my Dad, Gordon Hamilton Lewis, has passed away. Here is a link to his obituary on legacy.com - https://legcy.co/3aAguuu. Yesterday, a cold and clear December morning, my sisters and most of our families laid him to rest beside our Mom with a private family graveside service. Dad moved into the Health Center, from his cottage, in the Stonegates Retirement Community in Wilmington in late October this year. His mobility was restricted but he seemed to be doing well.  His passing away came rather suddenly after he developed bilateral pneumonia.  The nurses report he passed peacefully the morning of December 13th. Unfortunately, because of health restrictions because of this damn pandemic, neither myself, Nancy, or Peggy could be by his side. I, sadly, had not seen him since late February this year. This leaves you and me to carry on the family genealogy story. I am still actively using Ancestry.com and the internet to build our family tree. It is the Renken-Lewis tree, if you use Ancestry. I have found more information on our Swedish family, in particular the Catherine Olivia Larsdotter family, going back to the early 1800s, and found the ships' records from when she left Sweden and emigrated to the US, through Canada. If you are interested I will share those with you soon.

Stay safe cousin,

Julia (Lewis) Renken