Veteran orchardist, Otho S. Lewis, 99, was a life-long resident of the Arden community and has been in the orchard business for over sixty years. Born March 18, 1921 in Arden, WV, he was the son of the late Charles E. Lewis and Donnie Lee Hess Lewis. He served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and upon completion of his military obligation joined his brother, the late Charles W. Lewis, in partnership with Lewis Brothers Orchards.
Mr. Lewis was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Arden where he has served as a past councilman and a trustee. He was a past director of the Old National Bank, and he was on the Emeritus Board of BB&T Bank and the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation Board. Lewis was a member of the West Virginia Horticultural Society, the Moose, American Legion, and the Elks.
Mr. Lewis had been married for 75 years to the late Winona Swartz, who was also a Berkeley County native. Lewis and his son, Ronnie, operate the farm with assistance from two grandsons, Jared, and Jason Lewis. He also has two daughters, Peggy Saville, of Kearneysville, and Beatty Shipley, of Sarasota, FL, eight grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren.
Mr. Lewis continued to enjoy working in the orchards with its day-to-day challenges, and he took pleasure in spending the winter in Florida after the harvest.
The Brown Funeral Home South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood will be open for the family to receive friends only from the hours of 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Visitors will be required to wear face masks, practice social distancing, and follow directives.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Jim Riley officiating. Interment will be at Arden United Methodist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1643 Pitzer’s Chapel Road, Martinsburg, WV, 25403 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV, 25430.