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Friday, November 04, 2011

The passing of a friend

 (From Terry McNemar)

The Passing of a Dear Friend

Dick Lewis
It is with the heartfelt regret that we inform you of the passing of one of West Virginia Writers finest. Richard A. “Dick” Lewis died on a Tuesday, November 1. He was seventy-five. He leaves his wife Judie, daughters Nancy and Marcy, sons Michael, Scott, and John, eleven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Quite a living legacy, and there’s more.

Dick was a retired Accountant, a U. S. Army veteran, Vice President of the Master Gardeners, a board member of the WV Writers, Inc. serving as Treasurer and 1st VP, and a member of the Toastmasters Club. In his retirement Dick and Judie hosted many at their Bed and Breakfast, The Stone Manse Inn.

Dick was one of us. He was a writer. His stories are compelling and well crafted - a fascinating storyteller and living proof is his collection, Naked Man’s Rock.

I guess it was Dick’s nature to give back and he gave back to this organization ten-fold. As a regional rep, I sat in on board meetings and when Dick offered his two cents on an issue, it was solid gold. As treasurer his wisdom kept the executive board on the straight and narrow, even past his term. Unless you are an executive board member and witness firsthand what these members give of themselves to the group, you will have to take it from us who the real heroes of West Virginia Writers are. Dick Lewis was such a man.

Dick was awarded the J.U.G. – Just Uncommonly Good! Jug Award at the 2010 Awards Banquet for what he’d given of himself to West Virginia Writers.

And you know, he’s giving still.

In Lieu of Flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to West Virginia Writers, Inc.; 906 18th St., Vienna, WV 26105 (


You may list your condolences and learn of funeral arrangements at Wallace and Wallace, Inc - Funeral Homes

To get a copy of Dick's book, Naked Man's Rock, click here.