John Lewis’ wife, RPCV Lillian Miles Lewis (Nigeria), died in 2012


John Lewis, the iconic civil rights activist, passed away at the age of 80. He had already lost his wife, RPCV Lillian Miles Lewis, in 2012 after she suffered a long illness. Lillian Miles Lewis was 73. She died at Emory University Hospital, on the 45th anniversary of when she and John Lewis met,

PCV Lillian Miles Lewis taught in Nigeria in 1960 and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nigeria for two additional years before meeting John Lewis in 1967. They were married in 1968.

She had a bachelor’s in social studies and an English minor from California State College at Los Angeles. She had a master’s in library sciences from the University of Southern California. From 1989 to 2003, she was the director of external affairs for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Clark Atlanta University.

John Lewis and Lillian Miles Lewis had one son: John Miles Lewis. John and Lillian adopted John Miles in 1976 when he was just two months old.


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  • RIP Lillian Thank You for your great works …Your husband stood for so many things….I hope your and his legacy will live on and inspire our future generation to stand up for what’s right and never be afraid to get into #GoodTrouble…..7/17/20

  • Mr. John Lewis, may the future generation make you proud with the GoodTrouble you and Dr. Martin Luther King left as an inspiration to continue your work….RIP 7/27/20

  • A beautiful couple, both giving individuals who are now reunited. I am so thankful for the sacrifices they have made, here in the US and afar in Africa. Now, we must carry on and we shall. Thank you for the blueprint.

  • John Lewis will be missed . It’s time for our yound people to step up and take the torch a d keep it moving. Jacquelyn Cotton of Fayetteville.

  • I luv you and I appreciate the work that the both of you did for humanity. May your souls rest in Jesus Paradise 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾❤️❤️

  • May you take your rest In Jesus Name your legend will forever live on. RIP
    To the Lewis family you have my deepest sympathy


  • Thank you for your sacrifice. I will miss you, deepest sympathy to the Lewis family. I will vote in November and have the Lewis family in my thoughts

  • RIP JOHN MILES LEWIS, and Thank You for all that you’ve done for us, with the help of God. Thank You for being a reflection of our wonderful Lord, Jesus Christ. You will be missed, but we will all see you soon!

  • My heart is broken for the lost of such a wonderful and prolific civil rights icon. Come November, I hope to “Get in Good Trouble” honoring the legacy of Congressman John Lewis, by voting. Rest In Peace Congressman Lewis. May your family find strength and healing through the love of God. Amen.

  • God, thank you for the extraordinary grace given to John Robert Lewis, the “boy” from Troy!!!!!! Please, help others show that grace to the world we live in today!!! John Lewis, my brother in Christ Jesus, rest in peace from your labor on earth!! God has it!!! God had it from the beginning and He knows the pain that has been and is still being driven by injustice in America!!!! There is a God !! My faith is in Him !!!

  • Thank You Mr. Lewis! For your contribution to our world, we never really knew how much you constantly did, but now that we do…we couldnt love you more or thank you enough. Just rest assured that we woll continue the fight in a loving ❤ way, as you did & stand up soeak out & know that you will always be present with us & our hearts will always be with you! Much love & gratitude for you, your life & every sacrifice you made for us! Rest in Power😇💌💞💕💖

  • Thank you John for honoring the legacy of Congressman John Lewis! and to all of us readers we will continue to honor John Lewis by voting in November. I believe it will be one of the most important elections I will witness (and participate) in my lifetime.
    I was in Nigeria at the same time that Lillian was! 🙂 different ages but still there!

  • A remarkable lifelong partnership of service, passed on to us to honor their legacy with achievements.

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