Saturday, 19 June 2021 11:37

Richard Edwin Lewis, Jr.

Richard Edwin Lewis, Jr., 77, of Dinwiddie, Virginia, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2021. Richard was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 15, 1943.

He graduated from Hampden Sydney College in 1965. He received his law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond. He practiced law in Dinwiddie for 12 years before his appointment as General District Judge in the 11th Judicial District of Virginia. He retired from that position in 2001. Richard was known for his love of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He especially enjoyed the companionship of his friends who shared his passion. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Edwin Lewis, his mother, Alma Butterworth Lewis, and a brother-in-law, Cary Shultz. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Shultz Lewis. He is also survived by his two sons, Richard Clay Lewis and William Hunt Lewis; his two grandsons, Henry William Lewis and Hunter Seonaidh Lewis; his sister, Julia Lewis Roberts and her husband, Thomas Warren Roberts; brothers-in-law, Fred Shultz and wife, Margaret, and Steve Shultz and wife, Penn; sister-in-law, Pam Shultz, as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all of the compassionate caregivers who assisted in Richard’s extended care. There will be a graveside funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at the Butterworth Family Cemetery, 16011 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 156, Dinwiddie, VA 23841 or a dementia related organization of your choice. Arrangements are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at

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  • Comment Link Sgt. Tommy Broughton, retired from PSO Wednesday, 30 June 2021 12:14 posted by Sgt. Tommy Broughton, retired from PSO

    I just learned of Judge Lewis’ death yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I worked court with him for many years in Powhatan County before we both retired. We shared many good times and conversations together and I thought he was great man and wonderful person.

  • Comment Link Tammy Hayes Saturday, 26 June 2021 07:19 posted by Tammy Hayes

    Rest In Peace, Mr Lewis. Amelia and I will miss you.

  • Comment Link Cathy Erb Wednesday, 23 June 2021 12:03 posted by Cathy Erb

    My deepest sympathy to you all. I know you will miss him. Prayers for everyone.

  • Comment Link Paul Cella Tuesday, 22 June 2021 11:42 posted by Paul Cella

    My condolences to the family.

  • Comment Link Shella H Duke Monday, 21 June 2021 10:58 posted by Shella H Duke

    So sorry to hear this...prayers and thoughts for all..

  • Comment Link Phil Bailey Monday, 21 June 2021 08:56 posted by Phil Bailey

    Barbara, my sincere condolences to you and the family. I have known Richard since he was nine years old at camp. We had many adventures together throughout our camp years, college, and beyond. We drove to Alaska, lived a summer in southern California, drove to Florida, and spent many happy days exploring the trails of Rockbridge County. My special regret is we didn't stay in touch after we started raising families. My prayers go out to you on this difficult time.

  • Comment Link Janet Kaufman Saturday, 19 June 2021 18:51 posted by Janet Kaufman

    Barbara and other family nembers: So sorry to hear of Richard passing. He was well liked around Dinwiddie. He will be greatly missed by all. He fought a long process with dementia but is now at peace in heaven

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