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Funeral arrangements for longtime councilman announced

Funeral arrangements have been announced for longtime Greenville City Councilman James Lewis.

Lewis, 82, died Sunday night.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Carter Rice & West Funeral Home on the Greenville Bypass.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 5 p.m. at the Greenville High School Auditorium.

Lewis, who was most recently elected to serve on the council in 2012, represented District 4 for more than three decades. He was first elected in 1984, and according to city officials is the longest serving council member in the city’s history.

During Lewis’ tenure on the council, Greenville was able to attract a number of businesses to the area, including Hwashin America, Hyundai Steel (Hysco America), CorStone Industries, Ozark Materials and Super Walmart. Lewis also had a hand in bringing The Edge, a state-of-the-art, eight-screen movie theater, to Greenville.

Lewis also worked to secure grants that helped improve housing in District 4, spearheaded an effort to have more than 500 feet of ditch in District 4, and helped get Dunbar Recreation Center air conditioning.