Beverly Black Lewis, 71 of New Castle, DE, passed peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in New Castle, DE.
Beverly is survived by her husband of 47 years: Glenn; son: Christopher (Heather); daughter: Kimberly (Reginald); and eight grandchildren: Christopher Jr., Devon, Anthony, Brianna, Gabrielle, Reginald Jr., Alycia, Malachi; and her sister: Yulonda (Leon).
She was born to the late Luther and Novella Black of Little Rock, AR and graduated from Foster High School of Lewisville, AR in 1964. She attended Philander Smith College where she pledged Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in 1965. She graduated from University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Beverly taught nursing at University of Central Arkansas for four years. She had the opportunity to work with the team that opened the first Coronary Care Unit at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. She continued her nursing career serving at five VA Medical Facilities, retiring after 30 years of service.
Beverly was called into the ministry and received her Masters of Divinity Degree at Eastern Baptist Seminary in 2001. She was an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. While in Cecil County, she received the Pastor of the Year Award from the State of Maryland for her Domestic Violence Awareness Ministry while serving at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
Beverly invited the National Interfaith Hospitality Network of New Jersey to make the initial presentation to the faith leaders in Delaware. This step was critical in setting up the Northern New Castle Family Promise Commitment. She retired after 15 years of service in the United Methodist Church Peninsula Delaware Conference.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Beverly’s life. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 300 E. Basin Road, New Castle, DE on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 am with Rev. Tracey Mooney officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Family Promise of Northern New Castle County, in care of Crouch Funeral Home, 127 S. Main St., North East, MD 21901.
For condolences, please visit www.crouchfuneralhome.com