Lorraine has been in His presence for quite some time now; it’s her time to follow through. She was blessed as a daughter, one of several siblings, a wife, a loving mother, and a good friend. She was that straightforward, but funny aunt, a niece, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother who lived eighty-three wonderful years and was truly grateful. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer back in the 90s, that did not stop her; she kept it moving. Life had been good to her and she wouldn’t let anyone know what was going on within herself. The cancer came back stronger than ever, but she didn’t let it stop her; she took an inch and it took a foot. Eventually it gained control of her body, but she still did not lose her faith. She’s in the presence of the Lord, Amen.
Opening up Lorraine’s umbrella, she was born on March 28, 1936, in Darlington, SC, to the late Joseph and Elizabeth McCall. Hold up one minute, that doesn’t sound right. All my life, we celebrated her birthday on March 17, that’s what we’ve been told, the 17. Now, moving back here, Lorraine had to transfer over her driver’s license from New Jersey to South Carolina. On her birth certificate the 28 was her birthday, not the 17; go figure. So now she had two days to celebrate. Hallelujah and Amen! She attended both Maya and Rosenwald Schools here in Darlington, and Florence respectively. Her years here in Camden were filled with joy, love, friendship, and peace of mind.
Later, Lorraine met her late husband, Isaac Lewis. From that union they had three beautiful children, Alphonso, Donnell, and Larry. Lorraine worked at the Paterson Shade Company for years until she decided to better her education. She then went back to school to learn the trade of librarian for Paterson Public Library on Broadway. Lorraine left the library and went to work for Bergen Pines County Hospital as a dietary aide until her retirement in 2001. Prior to her retirement, she met her lifelong companion, James Williams. They both made that move back to South Carolina. In the joy of work-free living and quiet surroundings, she found peace and free will, enjoyed doing her puzzle books, and watching her daytime stories. She explored the sounds of the Lord at Hyco Baptist Church as a faithful member and part of the Senior Choir, her home from home, until the sickness hit.
Paths of Life
As she enters the gateway of heaven, she will be greeted by: parents, Joe and Elizabeth “Lizzie” McCall; son, Larry Lewis; and two brothers, Richard and Joe Jr. She is survived by: friend, James Williams; children, Alphonso (Joanne) Lewis and Donnell (William) Bond; sisters, Evelina Miller, Bertha Jones, Francina (Johnny) Johnson, Theola (Joe) Lockhart, and Lizzie Mae McCall; and brothers, Roosevelt and Henry McCall. To cherish her memories are: five grandchildren, Renee Camel, William Bond III, Justine Bond, Shyquetta Clark, and Shavon Lewis; 17 greatgrandchildren; close friend, Virginia McClester; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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