Julius Lewis, 70, of Dayton, Ohio, died on June 3, 2021 at the Dayton Hospice. Julius was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 10, 1951, to Mary Lee (née Dow) and David “Duke” Lewis. Along with his parents, Julius is predeceased by his brothers, Levon and Marvin Lewis. He is survived by his
beloved wife of 50, Sharon Clarice (née Sexton) Lewis; daughter, Dawn (Chad) Lewis Peterson; son, Louis (Désirée Guinto) Lewis; grandchildren, Chloe Scott and Myles Lewis; stepmother, Thelma Sexton; sisters, Barbara (Steve) Bethea and Jennifer (Hilton) Lewis; brother, Derrick (Tanya) Lewis; godchildren, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins,
extended family and friends. Julius, affectionately known to most as “Lew,” never met a stranger and touched countless lives with his wise counsel and wise counsel. His smile
and contagious laughter will always be remembered. Julius loved to cook for his friends and family and was widely known for his barbecue technique; he was by far known to be the “Grill Master”. He was a Freemason and rose to the post of Grand Master while active in Naples, Italy. Julius and Clarice were undoubtedly made for each other and met at the tender age of three when their families
attended Mt. Sinai Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. They did not know at the time that they would eventually be united as husband and wife and travel the world with their two children in a distinguished military career. Julius served in the US Air Force for 24 years during the Vietnam War,
Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, respectively. After retiring from the Air Force, Julius embarked on a second career as an advisor at Job Corps, an organization dedicated to developing work and life skills for at-risk youth. Julius has always been known as the “Father of the Block” who is always ready to lend a hand, whether it be advice, money, or just an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Julius had an attitude towards himself that made you feel comfortable even in times of crisis. Clarice gave Julius the gift of life when they discovered that among all their family and friends, she was the only kidney-perfect one. The two underwent a successful kidney transplant in 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The family wishes to express
sincere gratitude to Chris and D’Wanda Lee for their unwavering support over the past 40 years through thick and thin. The family will receive friends from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the New Season Ministry, 5711 Shull Road, Huber Heights, Ohio 45424. Graveside Services
follow at 1:30 p.m., with full military honors at Dayton National Cemetery, 4400 West Third Street, Dayton, with Pastor Kent O. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Dayton National Cemetery. Meal for family members will be held at the new season ministry immediately following services. Visit NewcomerDayton.com to share a memory or condolences from Julius.