Lewis Durant

October 7, 1923December 8, 2012

Lewis Durant died peacefully at his home in Atlanta, Georgia on the morning of Saturday, December 8, 2012. He was 89. Lewis was born in Atmore, AL on October 7, 1923, to David Richardson and Mary Hellen Lewis Durant, and grew up in nearby Uriah, AL where he was graduated as salutatorian from J.U. Blackshear High School in 1941. He continued his education on a scholarship at Marion Military Institute where he earned an Associate of Arts degree before being called to service of his country in 1943. Lewis served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific in World War II and was honorably discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant in 1946. He then went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University in 1947. After graduation Lewis began his career in the Credit Department at Tennessee Coal and Iron (later U.S. Steel) in Birmingham, AL. During that time he courted and married his wife, Sybil Gene Murphy in 1950. He had a long career with U.S. Steel becoming a district credit manager in Birmingham and Houston, and regional credit manager again in Birmingham. He then took on the role of regional treasurer in Atlanta, GA. He finished his career as the Treasurer of U.S. Steel’s Agri-Chemical Division located in Atlanta. He retired from that position in 1987 after 40 years with U.S. Steel. Lewis was devoted to his church serving as a Deacon at Southside Baptist Church and Dawson Memorial Baptist in Birmingham; Tallowood Baptist in Houston; and Green Valley Baptist in Birmingham. He served in many capacities at Briarlake Baptist in Atlanta. He taught Sunday School for his entire adult life and served on numerous important committees for his churches. He was a member of the Senior Adult Choir at Briarlake Baptist. Lewis is survived by his wife of 62 years Sybil Gene Murphy Durant; his son Richard Lewis Durant and his wife Brenda Fay Rednour Durant of Redlands, CA; his daughter Mary Katherine Durant of Atlanta, GA; his son David Zell Durant and his wife Rita Anne O’Laughlin Durant of Mobile, AL; his grandchildren Richard Lewis Durant, Jr. of Redlands, CA; Micah Zell Durant of Mobile, AL; Luke David Durant of Santa Clara, CA; Bradley John Durant of San Diego, CA; William Mark Durant of Mobile, AL; and Sharon Diane Durant of Redlands, CA; and his sister Laura Ella Durant Ford of Spanish Fort, AL. He was predeceased by his brother David Richardson Durant, Jr.; his sister Mary Hellen Durant Beckett, and his brother Lewellyn Leslie Durant. The visitation and funeral will be at the sanctuary of their church this Saturday, December 15, followed by a brief graveside service. The visitation will begin at 12:30 pm and the funeral will begin at 2:00 pm. The church address is Briarlake Baptist Church, 3715 Lavista Road, Decatur, GA 30033. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Briarlake Baptist Church or the veterans group of your choice. Arrangements by Floral Hills Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tucker, GA.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Zell, Mimi, and Mark Murphy

December 28, 2012

We have many wonderful memories of spending time with our Uncle Lewis. He was such a kind and caring man. We will remember him, and he will always remain in our hearts.

Mildred Carter

December 20, 2012

Lewis was my boss in the Treasury Dept atUS Steel both in Bham and Atlanta. He was an example of a true Christian man. Sorry for your lost.

December 14, 2012

Dear Katherine:
I am sad to know of the passing away of your father. My
sincere condolences to you and your family. May his soul rest in peace. Pranab & Bimala

December 13, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

December 13, 2012

Im sorry for your lost. May you and your family rely on God in this time of grief.

P Sharpe ( Isaiah 12:2 )

December 13, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Beth Aderholt

December 12, 2012

Dear Sybil and family, I was so saddened to hear of Lewis's death. He was truly a Christian gentleman, and he will be greatly missed. I am grateful to have known him. He always made me feel he was glad to see me when we met. I have a previous engagement on Saturday and will be unable to attend his service, but please know that you are in my prayers now and in the days to come. In Christ, Beth Aderholt