'The Butler,' Part Two: P.G. County Resident Served Presidents and Superstars
Stacy M. Brown | 10/2/2013, 3 p.m.
A former rail road porter, Lewis went on to work for the Department of Energy in Southwest for 28 years.
He operated the Limelighter Limousine Service for 35 years after he retired from the government.
“They talk about the Butler, and that’s a great story,” Linda Lewis said. “But, Harry has witnessed many of the milestones that have made America what it is today.”
Lewis became heavily involved in the civil rights struggle and attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and, last month, he counted among the throngs to attend the 50th anniversary of the famous march where Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his iconic, “I Have A Dream,” speech.
Although Lewis said he’s thrilled that America elected its first black president, his favorite remains John F. Kennedy. “Kennedy had a style about him that I just loved,” said Lewis, who enjoyed the honor of meeting and knowing the Kennedy family, including the late John F. Kennedy Jr.
“The Kennedy’s had me as a guest in their home in Massachusetts,” Lewis said. “I’d see John John when he came to Washington as well.”
Lewis and his first wife, who’s now deceased, had one child, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, a renowned leader in the field of medicine and an appointee to Obama’s Health Care Advisory Commission.
Lewis-Hall also holds the position of medical director at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world.
“He has good genes, he’s never been sick and he doesn’t look his age,” Linda Lewis said. “He was 89 when we got married. I didn’t know how old he was, it was an accident that I found out, but when I did, I decided I would be his 90th birthday gift,” she said.