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Sherman Lewis, owner of convenience store

Sherman C. Lewis, who had been manager of a supermarket and owner of a convenience store, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of injuries sustained in a fall from a ladder. The Lochearn resident was 66.

Mr. Lewis began his career in 1947 as a clerk with the old Food Fair supermarket chain while a senior at Douglass High School from which he graduated in 1948.

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He retired in 1979 from Pantry Pride's Mondawmin Mall store, where he had been manager for 12 years.

He then owned and operated a 7-Eleven store on Fayette Street. In 1990, he turned the business over to his son, Glenn D. Lewis of Lochearn, and retired a second time.

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Born and raised in West Baltimore, Mr. Lewis got his start in business as a child.

"His life as an entrepreneur began when he was 8 years old selling the Afro-American newspaper at the corner of Calhoun and Baker streets, and by the age of 12 had a cadre of boys working for him throughout the neighborhood selling both the Afro and The Sunpapers," said the former Ola Campbell, his high school sweetheart and wife of 45 years.

In the late 1940s, Mr. Lewis, a saxophone player, formed a band, Sherman Lewis and the Pyramids.

The group played at private parties and at Martin's West, the Odd Fellows Hall, the Cherry Hill Club, the Eastwind and North Point Gardens. The band disbanded in 1981.

From 1951 to 1953, he served with the 1st Army Band and was discharged as a staff sergeant.

Mr. Lewis also renovated and sold houses in Baltimore and Virginia.

He was a member of the Campfield Neighborhood Association and was active in the Douglass High School alumni association, and was helping plan his class reunion at his death.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Liberty Heights and Eldorado avenues, where he was a communicant for many years.

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A son, Sherrod Lewis, died in 1992.

Besides his wife and son Glenn, survivors include two sisters, Mildred Lewis and Comora Lewis, both of Baltimore; and a grandchild.


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