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James A. Lewis II, decorated WWII vet <br> April 1, 1920 -- Dec. 18, 2006

James Arthur Lewis II of Williamsville, a World War II Army veteran and Pratt & Letchworth retiree, died Monday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 86.

Born in Chester County, S.C., Mr. Lewis was a graduate of both School 75 and Hutchinson-Central High School.

Mr. Lewis retired from Pratt & Letchworth Co. after more then 40 years of service and also served as a union steward.

He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of World War II and rose to the rank of first sergeant. He received the Bronze Star medal.

Mr. Lewis participated in local Day of Honor at the Hearthstone Manor, Depew, in May 2002, in recognition of the role during World War II of minority veterans.

He was affiliated with St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church from its beginning in 1925 and remained an active member. He attended Christian Endeavor, served on the board of trustees, sang baritone in the choir and participated in the Wednesday Inspiration Group.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Mary Louise Jackson; two sons, Emam Dawoud Sabur Adeyola and the Rev. Dr. James A. III; three daughters, Tempthia Battle, the Rev. Martha Linda Arnold and the Rev. Mary Louise Wilson; two brothers, Robert W. and Wardell; and four sisters, Mattie Thompson, Sarah, Marjorie Montague and Gloria Dixon.

Services will be at at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Church, 610 Eagle St., after a wake at 10.


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