Mr. King died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
His wife, Joan Olcott King, and daughters Susan and Virginia (Virginia’s husband Jon Schwartz), son Clayton, and granddaughter Anna Scott King survive him.
Born April 15, 1928, in Atlanta, he was the son of Edward Lewis King and Susan Adger Williams King.
Lewis attended North Druid Hills High School and was a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The world is a heavier place now that Lewis King’s levity has departed. He shied away from crowds, but when among friends, he was the brilliance of the party. He entertained friends and family with his stories, verse and philosophical views. People gathered around him and hung on his every word, which flowed effortlessly from him like the rivers he loved. Lisa Q. Mount wrote, “Lewis King was a raconteur, master of irony, keen observer of humanity’s foibles, and a fine ping-pong player. He will be missed beyond measure.”
His dear friend Claude Terry wrote, “Some of us have those associates who challenge us intellectually, who hold no academic position, who desire no awards or fame, yet read omnivorously, remember totally, and quote verbatim. I have never seen a professor of literature who was as widely knowledgeable, as gifted at comprehending, and as hesitant to display the depth of his knowledge. Meeting Lewis was a most fortunate moment in my life.”
And his cousin Adger Williams posted, “Lewis knew the names of the emperors of Rome in order. He was working on the Byzantines.” Alan Hall has heard him recount the Kings of France in order, all of them. And with little prodding he would recite “Casey At The Bat,” flawlessly.
Last year, on the occasion of Joan’s 80th birthday celebration, Lewis said, “…no man on earth since the beginning of time has ever eaten as well or has been cared for as well as I have.”
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trout Unlimited, or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville.
The Northeast Georgian
Wednesday, September 18, 2013