Tola “Toby” Ethridge Lewis Jr.
Tola “Toby” Ethridge Lewis Jr., 75, of Elizabeth City, died July 19, 2020 at his home. Born in Columbia, SC on July 7, 1945 to the late Tola Ethridge Lewis Sr. and Hettie Willetts Lewis, he was the husband of Emily Stevenson Lewis of the residence. Tola was the Director of Veterans Affairs until his retirement. He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, the Fellowship Sunday School Class, the NC Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief, the Albemarle Sound Base NC Submarine Veterans, American Legion Post # 126, American Legion Post #126 Legion Riders and National Karate Jiu Jitsu Union. He was a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Hanshi Tola E. Lewis 9th degree black belt Shito-Ryu-Karate-Do, was the second director of NKJU and received the NKJU Certificate of Merit.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Toby I. (Diana) Lewis and C. Andy (Jessie) Lewis; sister Angela L. (Elwood) Conary; and grandchildren Christian Feliccia, Isabella Lewis, Angelina Lewis and Penny “P J” Lewis. He was predeceased by sister Anita Moreland; the mother of his children Mrs. Martha C. Lewis; and stepfather W. Ernest Lewis.
Memorial services will be conducted at 3 p.m. July 26 at Corinth Baptist Church Gym with the Rev. Dr. Farren Roper officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:30 p.m. until the service. Inurnment will take place at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the NC Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Fund in care of Corinth Baptist Church, 1035 US 17 South, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. The family will receive visitors at 1615 West Main Street Ext., Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford Funeral Homes, Elizabeth City is serving the family. Express condolences at www.TwifordFH.com.