Following reports of Lewis’s death, Obama issued a statement stating that the two had first met when Obama was in law school and telling Lewis that he was one of his heroes.
“Years later, when I was elected US Senator, I told him I was on my shoulders,” he wrote. “When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged him at the inaugural booth before I was sworn in and told him I was there just because of the sacrifices he made.” And during all those years, he never stopped providing wisdom and encouragement to me, Michelle, and our family. We will miss him very much. ̵
Rapenel Warnock will preside over Ebenezer’s funeral service by invitation only. Lewis will be buried Thursday afternoon next to his wife Lillian in South-View Cemetery.