Lewis Jerome Isaac, 70, of Asheville went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 2, 2019, after a brief illness.
Lewis was born in Mocksville, NC on November 25, 1948 to Rebecca Isaac, Jr. and the late Green Isaac. He was predeceased by his siblings Frances I. Spencer and James Spencer, Sr. In addition to his mother, he is survived by sisters Eleanor Brown, Alice G. Isaac, and Rachel Wade (Roland), and by one brother, Bruce Isaac, Sr. (Edith); one daughter, LaTonya (Toni) I. Taylor, a grandson, Anthony Jordan Taylor, and by his former spouse Hazel P. Isaac.
Lewis attended David County High School and was one of the original eight students who integrated the school. In 1971 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Johnson C. Smith University, and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Sigma Chapter. He retired as Chief of Human Resources at the VA Medical Center after 27 years of service, then later retired from the City of Asheville Human Resources Department.
Lewis loved the sport of tennis and what it does for those who play. He was an avid supporter and board member of the Asheville Tennis Association. His roles on the Board included obtaining facilities for tennis programming, leading youth clinics, and volunteering for the last two Fed Cup ties in Asheville. He served both as an on-court teacher in the youth clinics and as a leader in the Credentials Office, where he had the opportunity to meet and greet many national and international leaders in the sport. Anne Marie Martin of the United States Tennis Association wrote, “What a beautiful person Lewis was. I was so glad I got to know him working at Fed Cup the past two years. He made anyone walking into Credentials feel special and welcomed.” This quote echoes the thoughts of everyone who ever met him.
Lewis served on numerous boards and organizations, including the Asheville Chapter of the American Red Cross; American Society for Training and Development—Western Carolina Chapter; Asheville City Schools; Asheville Housing Authority; Asheville Parks and Recreation; Asheville Tennis Association; Asheville Track Club; Alcoholic Beverage Control; BB&T; Building Bridges; Combined Federal Campaign; Manna Food Bank; North Carolina Governor’s Council on Sickle Cell & Related Disorders; Our Voice; RiverLink; YMCA; United States Tennis Association, and the United Way of Asheville and Vicinity.
He was honored with the Excellence in Public Service Award for the City of Asheville and the Greater Asheville Area, the Road Runner Club of America National Volunteer Award, and numerous awards in biking, bowling, basketball, racquetball, and softball. In 1980 he finished 149th out of more than 800 runners in the Charlotte Observer Marathon in 1980. He also served as a Mentor at Johnston Elementary School and volunteered with the Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament and United States Fed Cup (tennis).
A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Hopkins Chapel AME Zion Church. The family requests donations to be made to the charity of their choice, or to: Johnson C. Smith University, www.jcsu.edu/giving/give_now; Hopkins Chapel AME Zion Church, www.hopkinschapelamezion.org; or Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, www.sicklecelldisease.org.