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Billy Easton


From:
Nashville, TN USA
Post Posted 23 May 2009 10:18 pm     Reply with quote

I knew that George was not in good health as he has not been to the ISGC for the past few years. I have known him since the late 1950s when he was the manager of Industrial Towel Service in Decatur, Illinois. He showed me a ShoBud in the trunk of his car in the late 1950s that I just drooled over. He was always a huge steel guitar fan and a great friend to me and Illinois co-horts. WE will all miss George. Our condolences to Mona, Lisa and Kim.

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Mike Perlowin


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Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 24 May 2009 1:48 am     Reply with quote

Sad news. I only met George a few times, but I see Lisa and Kim every year at the NAMM show, and once in a great while I'll grab a cup of coffee or have lunch with one or the other. They are both very sweet, which is a reflection on how their parents raised them.

Mona and Kim and Lisa, if you're reading this, I'm sorry for your loss.
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Jimmie Misenheimer


From:
Bloomington, Indiana - U. S. A.
Post Posted 24 May 2009 4:34 am     Reply with quote

Brothers Herb and Chuck said it "best"... Jimmie
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Ron Elliott


From:
Madison, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 24 May 2009 5:33 am     May 24, 2009 Reply with quote

Our thoughts and prayers for Mona, Lisa, Kim, and all the families and friends,..as we say Farewell to a fellow veteran,a Masonic Brother, and a good friend. "Semper Fi" Marine,.. Go in Peace.
Ron & Leslie Elliott
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Paul Redmond


From:
Illinois, USA
Post Posted 24 May 2009 11:30 pm     Reply with quote

I have always known George to be a "can-do" guy. I guess I could have expected that...aren't all Marines "can-do" by nature?
George rarely talked of his experiences at Pearl Harbor and I knew not of Bougainville which was truly Hell on Earth for the troops who fought there.
So we not only lost a steel guitar pioneer, we lost a man who fought for our freedoms back then, and helped, unselfishly, set the world free from tyranny over six decades ago. Without his efforts and the efforts of many others, Americans might now be conversing in Japanese or German.
God, please bless George Lewis. May we never forget him and his contributions to our very lives.
Paul Redmond
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David Wright


From:
Pilot Point ,Tx USA.
Post Posted 25 May 2009 3:45 am     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear this, Mycondolences to Mona, Lisa and Kim.
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Janice Brooks


From:
Pleasant Gap Pa
Post Posted 25 May 2009 11:15 am     Reply with quote

My thoughts go to the family. I enjoyed the post cleanup meals at the Dallas shows
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John Norris


From:
Peterson Strobe Tuners, Illinois, USA
Post Posted 26 May 2009 1:57 pm     Reply with quote

I was sad to get a call from the Lewis family with the news. Our condolences to Kim, Lisa and Mona.

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Frank Harris


From:
San Diego, California, USA
Post Posted 26 May 2009 3:35 pm     george L Reply with quote

George L has been a great part of my music career may he rest in peace and will surely be missed by all.
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Rob Parker


From:
Paducah, Kentucky, R.I.P.
Post Posted 26 May 2009 5:17 pm     Reply with quote

My thoughts and prayers to the family, and family of friends of Mr George. He has been a dear friend for many,many years.
I received a call from the family,but it came in while I was in Oklahoma doing a show.
I am so sorry...he was helpful, and informative, and also a man with much humor..I really enjoyed being in his company..
I went by their business one day..Mr George was up on a step ladder, painting trim.He had paint on his nose, on his ears, much on his work clothes.He came down for a break, to talk. He said Robbie I have always wanted a large sum of money..well last night I did some figuring, and I have reached that sum..and it was a hefty sum..And with that much money, he was up on that ladder painting..that was the work ethics of Mr George Lewis...
He waved me over to his booth one time..and said,"Robbie..pick me up and drop me." I said if you want to be on the floor George, just lay down . he laughed so hard tears were rolling down his cheeks, and he got the onlookers to laughing..we had quite a crowd to see what was going on.
He finally said to get behind him, lift him up as high as I could with my arms wrapped around him,under his arms,then act as if were trying to drive his feet in the floor, then stop before he touched the floor..Nothing happened..so he said do it again..that time when I stopped his downward travel..his back popped like breaking a stick..He said ..great..that did it..His back was out and I just popped it back in..Scary but effective..
I told him my bill would be in the mail..heh heh
We talked some about his military service, but he was not too talkative about it..But knowing I was ex-Navy, he did tell me some things. I gave him the news that he was eligible for a service ribbon that had just been authorized by Congress, and gave him the address where to send in his request..He did so and received the award.
RIP in eternal peace my friend..you are missed by many.. "Semper Fi" Marine...
RP...'come on in'...
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Louie Hallford


From:
denison tx
Post Posted 26 May 2009 8:44 pm     Sorry to hear of this huge loss Reply with quote

This loss is not just huge to those of us in the steel guitar community but to most of the entire world of stringed musicians.

What is great is that the legand will live on through the his family who have, from all appearances, kept the business thriving through his long absence.
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DeWitt Scott


From:
St. Louis, Missouri, USA * R.I.P.
Post Posted 27 May 2009 9:08 pm     George Lewis Reply with quote

Mary, Sandra and I attended the funeral and the Pall Beares were from George's Masonic Lodge. They performed a Masonic funeral and I was lucky enough to have been a part of that ceremony. Besides the 6 Masons that were pall bearers all the rest of us were Honorary Pall Bearers. My condolences go out to the family. Scotty
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Joe Naylor


From:
Avondale, Arizona, USA
Post Posted 28 May 2009 6:31 am     Reply with quote

I want to add my condolences also to Kim, Mona, Lisa and all the family.

R.I.P. George
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Bill Stafford


From:
Gulfport,Ms. USA
Post Posted 2 Jun 2009 3:45 pm     George L Reply with quote

Condolences to the wonderful family of George. Another ICON has left us and he will be missed so very much. RIP my friend.
Bill Stafford
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chuck abend


From:
Kansas City,Mo.64155 U.S.A.
Post Posted 2 Jun 2009 4:53 pm     condolences Reply with quote

Sorry to hear of his passing.I had many conversations
in the booth with him.I still use all George L cables
He will be rembered allways.My condolenses
Chuck Abend; Kansas City
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