Among his many wise words of advice, he said, "Fayetteville has always been unique, a city of charm and grace, of style and dignity. We need to remember that and build upon those inherited characteristics, our common distinctions and accomplishments. We must share this common background with our children and with our friends, and just as important, with the many new residents moving into our area."
Since retiring as president of the Bank of Fayetteville, John Lewis continued to be involved with civic and regional issues and became even more active in community life in northwest
He was my friend. His energy, optimism, enthusiasm, vision, and dedication to our community will be missed by everyone.