Birmingham Times owner and publisher passes away

Birmingham Times owner and publisher passes away

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James Lewis. Source: The Birmingham Times James Lewis. Source: The Birmingham Times
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

"The Birmingham Times" owner and publisher, James Lewis, has died. Colleagues say he died of an illness.

Lewis was the stepson of Jesse Lewis Sr., who founded the times back in 1964 to give the black community a greater voice during the civil rights struggle.

James Lewis purchased "The Times" from his father in 1974 after Jesse accepted a cabinet position with former Governor George Wallace. James became the publisher in 1988.

The current editor of "The Times" says James was committed to getting the news out to the African-American community.

"It was very important. He slept on it. He woke up with it. He drank it. He was very adamant about getting the news out," Cheryl Eldridge said.

The family will receive mourners at the Davenport and Harris Funeral Home Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lewis' funeral will be at the First Congregational Church at noon Thursday, April 11 on Center Street North in Birmingham.

Eldridge says despite reports to the contrary "The Times" will continue on as the paper celebrates its 50th year.

Lewis was in his late 60's when he passed.

A visitation for Lewis will be held Wednesday night at the Davenport and Harris funeral home. It will be from 6:30 to 7:30.

The funeral will be at the First Congregational Church on Center Street North in Birmingham.

The service is at noon on Thursday.

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