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Kenneth Raymond Lewis, age 52, of Columbus, passed away on March 7th, 2023, at Columbus Hospice. Kenny was born on September 19th, 1970, and grew up in Columbus. He attended Clubview Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Fort Junior High, Brookstone School, and graduated from William Henry Shaw High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Columbus State University, where he served as Director of the CSU Pep Band and of the Jazz Combo among numerous other honors. An accomplished bassist, Kenny performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, was a founding member of the rock band “No Promises,” and also performed with and/or opened for such noted musicians as the Neville Brothers, Widespread Panic, Edwin McCain, and Lou Diamond Phillips. Kenny also was a paraprofessional and later a teacher in the Muscogee County School System
He is survived by four siblings: Gwendolyn Elaine Lewis Bryant (Arthur) of Columbus, Anthony Jules Lewis (Theresa) of Fortson, Robert Allen Lewis (Melissa) of Columbus, and Benjamin Owen Lewis (Jennifer) of Greensboro, North Carolina, eight nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Augustine Lewis and Esther Gwendolyn Allen Lewis.
A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2100 Hilton Ave, Columbus, GA 31906, on Saturday, March 11th, at 1:00pm, with a reception to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kenny’s memory to Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Rd, Columbus, GA 31909, or St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2100 Hilton Ave., Columbus, GA, 31906.
Georgia Cremation-Columbus is assisting the family.
Dionne Smith says
The family has my most sincere condolences. God bless you all. From Dionne Davis Smith.
Nick Brundidge says
Sending my condolences to the Lewis family for this heartbreaking time. 💔🐄🐎🐖🐓🙏😭
Tamara Graham says
You will be missed my fellow Army BRAT buddy.
Carla Harris-McDowell says
Sending thoughts, prayers and love out to the Lewis Family. Hope that you all can feel the love and support coming your way. Thank you for the updates you all have shared about Kenny on FB, he is so loved and will be missed by many. How lucky we are to have been blessed by his music and to be able to have him as a friend. Best of wishes & regards, always. Carla Harris-McDowell, (Shaw High School Band Member from 1980’s-90’s)
Ladd Williams says
Kenny was a faithful friend and a dynamic person who was always a bright light during my years in Columbus. I always knew he had my back and my life was better knowing him. My deepest condolences to all his family and loved ones. May God surround you all in His Amazing Grace during this most difficult time.
Mack Strong says
Kenny was a jovial and kind-hearted man who loved to laugh. I’ll always remember that. My sincere condolences to the family🙏🏾
Rick Cozbey says
Kenny was a great friend and I am truly sorry for the loss that the family and friends are suffering. My condolences to everyone that knew him and enjoyed him as a person.