Jack Ramie Lewis Jr.

October 12, 1940March 27, 2021

Jack Ramie Lewis, Jr of Smith Mountain Lake passed away March 27, 2021.

Born October 12, 1940, the son of Jack R. Lewis and Evelyn Hickman Lewis in Martinsville, VA. A devoted husband, father and brother, he is survived by his wife of 55 years, Katherine King Lewis; their two sons Garland Robert Lewis of Buchanan, VA and John Charles Lewis and wife Jennifer of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren and two sisters, Linda Lewis Caldwell and Brenda Lewis Martin.

Jack was a graduate of Martinsville High School in 1959, he went on to earned degrees of: Bachelor of Science. Middle Tennessee State University, Master of Science, University of Wisconsin Stout and Doctor of Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Jack was the first Principal of Giles County Vocational School and retired as Director of Vocational Education at Danville Public Schools in 1997. He is a past President of the Virginia Association of Career and Technical Education Administration and presented at the National Association for Career and Technical Education Conference. He was most recently on the Alumni Board for Middle Tennessee State University.

Never one to sit still, after his retirement from education Jack founded and ran the Crafters Mall and Mini Storage in Chatham, VA. Later selling the business and retiring with Katherine to Smith Mountain Lake where he enjoyed his time fishing and avidly following the sports teams of his Alma Matter, MTSU.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville, Va. and will be officiated by Reverend Eric Cone. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Scruggs Fire and Rescue 2130 Bluewater Drive, Moneta, VA 24121.


  • Jack R. Lewis, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Evelyn Hickman Lewis, Mother (deceased)
  • Katherine King Lewis, Wife of 55 years
  • Garland Robert Lewis, Son
  • John Charles Lewis, Son
  • Jennifer Lewis, Daughter-in-law
  • Linda Lewis Caldwell, Sister
  • Brenda Lewis Martin, Sister
  • Mr. Lewis is also survived by four grandchildren


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, April 1, 2021


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Robin Shields

April 1, 2021

When Jack owned the Crafter's Mall I sold a lot of crafts there. He was such a kind man. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to Katherine and family.

Stacey Wright

March 31, 2021

Dr. Lewis was a friend and mentor for many years. I had the privilege of working with him for many years in Danville. He was a hard, honest worker. He always wanted to help students to achieve a career. He loved his family and always wanted the best for them. Rest In Peace and my heartfelt sympathy to his family.

Michael Stowe

March 31, 2021

I worked with Jack for many years and considered him as a friend. Katherine, John and Garland please accept my sincere condolences and sympathy on his passing.

Charles Myers

March 31, 2021

I’ll miss our morning coffees and fishing trips together. Chuck

agnes brown

March 30, 2021

Sorry to hear of Jack passing away. He will be missed. Prayers and deepest sympathy. God bless the family.

Joanie Crane Hendrix

March 30, 2021

Jack was a strong man with a tender heart. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend to my family. He will be greatly missed. Love and prayers are sent to Katherine, Garland, John, and families:)


Paul Thompson

March 30, 2021

So sorry to learn of your loss. Had the privilege to work with Jack for many years in Danville. He was a great educator, person and friend. Furthermore, he was one of the most principled persons I have ever known; you knew where Jack stood on issues, but he was always willing to listen to other points of view and respect them. I will miss him, but always remember my good friend. Sympathy to all the family.

Robert Haskins

March 30, 2021

Jack was a good friend and an outstanding educator. I worked with him for many years while I was principal of George Washington high school.Jack was the driving force behind the excellent vocational programs we had at George Washington high school.Rest in peace

Danville Public Schools

March 30, 2021

With heartfelt condolences and kindest thoughts in your time of sorrow.
Department of Human Resources,
Danville Public Schools