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Lewis Family: ‘We Are Blessed To Know He Touched So Many On Every Corner Of The Globe’

From left to right, John Lewis' brother Freddie, son John-Miles, brother Grant, brother Samuel and nephew Jerrick Lewis.
From left to right, John Lewis' brother Freddie, son John-Miles, brother Grant, brother Samuel and nephew Jerrick Lewis.
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Surrounded by family on Sunday morning, Grant Lewis called his brother, longtime Georgia U.S. Rep. John Lewis, “a fighter with a tenacious spirit” who was also “gracious and kind.”

Funeral plans are still in the works for Lewis who died Friday at the age of 80 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Grant Lewis, 67, recalled that even routine trips to the store with his well-known brother would end up taking hours.

“Because he would shake every hand, take pictures with everybody that wanted to take pictures, because that’s the kind of person my brother was,” said Lewis.

Lewis expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support for his older brother, who represented Georgia’s 5th congressional district for more than three decades after being first elected in 1986.

“While we grieve the loss of this legend, we are blessed to know he touched so many people on every corner of the globe,” said Lewis.

As he spoke, Lewis was flanked by his brothers Freddie, 73, and Samuel, 71; his son Jerrick and 44-year-old John-Miles Lewis, the only son of the late congressman.

Lewis added that the best way to honor his brother was to make the world “more just and better place to live.”