Born September 11, 1933, William Edward Lewis, Jr. was the devoted only child of the late Sadie Hamm Lewis. He transitioned with his family at his bedside on July 22, 2020.\n\n\n\nHe was educated in Richmond Public Schools attending Maggie Walker High School, earning a varsity letter playing for the Green Dragons football team. At 18 years, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served for ten years, including fighting in the Korean War. His ranks as sergeant and corporal required him to lead other Marines, and he commanded his own tank while overseas. His military service also took him to North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Thailand, and Japan.\n\n\n\nWilliam was a loyal member of the United Transportation Union Local 924 starting in 1969. He had a\n\nstint as a bus driver for the Greater Richmond Transportation Company, followed by a 30-year career with the CSX Railroad Company, serving as brakeman and conductor and was recognized for his safety\n\nmeasures on the job. He was given the nickname "Wild Man" by his co-workers for the stern look he\n\noften had in his eyes. Monthly, he would join his other retired crew members for lunch and often attended the annual CSX picnic.\n\n\n\nHis 55-year marriage to Florence Richardson began in 1965 on a snowy January day. Their two children,\n\nWilliam III (Fay) of Richmond, VA, and Michele (Anthony) of Detroit, MI, were his pride and joy. Taking\n\nthem on trips to places like Myrtle Beach, Florida, and the Bahamas created great memories. He also\n\nspent his free time working on cars, piddling in his toolshed, repairing just about everything and going fishing with family. In retirement, he and Florence enjoyed traveling, visiting different casinos and playing the lottery. He often watched westerns and sports on television and loved discussing sports and politics. Every other night, William and his friend of more than 40 years, Tommie Lockwood, would discuss current events.\n\n\n\n"Uncle Bill" will also be missed by his two nieces, Terri Coleman (Ronald) of Holland, MI, and Tracey\n\nRichardson of Long Beach, CA; his grandson, Matthew E. Lewis, who called him Grandpa; and many\n\nneighborhood friends and extended family. Per family request, Services are private.