Eldon Crews is Lewis Family Scholarship Recipient
Anna Lewis (right) recently presented a scholarship check to Eldon Crews, the 2014 Lewis Family Scholarship recipient and a Coastal Pines Technical College Forest Technology student. The scholarship, funded by the Lewis family and Lewis and Raulerson, Inc., was established in memory of Mr. Grady Carl Lewis (Anna’s brother), a successful businessman who promoted education. Mr. Lewis, a graduate of the University of Georgia, enrolled in the OTC forestry program as part of his early post-secondary education and always spoke favorably of his experience and training. CPTC forestry instructor, Tommy Peagler (left), was on hand to congratulate Crews. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” Peagler said to Crews.
Waycross, GA –Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) student Mr. Eldon Crews of Nahunta is the recipient of the 2014 Lewis Family Scholarship. Crews is the second student to receive the scholarship, which carries with it a $5,000 award for tuition and program-related costs.
Lewis and Raulerson, Inc. and the Lewis family recently established the annual scholarship opportunity through the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation for forest technology students. The memorial scholarship provides friends and family of Mr. Grady Carl Lewis an opportunity to pay tribute to him. Mr. Lewis, the son of Carl Howard and Bernice Stuckey Lewis, was 49 when he died from melanoma in 2012.
Crews is a 2001 graduate of Brantley County High School and a first semester forestry student. He is married to Kimberly Crews, and they have three children. He works as an EMT with the Pierce County Emergency Medical Service while attending college.
Crews was selected from among a number of qualified applicants by the OTC Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee and representatives from Lewis and Raulerson, Inc. and the Lewis family. He will use the scholarship money for program-related costs, such as forestry boots, snake chaps, GPS equipment, and a clinometer. CPTC forestry instructor, Tommy Peagler joined Ms. Lewis for the check presentation. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” Peagler said to Crews.
According to Cindy Tanner, executive director of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation, the scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Grady Carl Lewis, a successful local businessman who promoted education. Mr. Lewis, a graduate of the University of Georgia, enrolled in the OTC forestry program as part of his early post-secondary education and always spokefavorably of his experience and training.
Crews thanked Ms. Lewis and expressed how grateful he is for the scholarship award. Tanner also thanked Ms. Lewis. “It is an honor for us, CPTC and the OTC Foundation, to be part of this program,” said Tanner. We appreciate your generous support of technical education. Your gift not only recognizes a special loved one, but also assists a deserving student with his education.”
Grady Carl Lewis graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry. He was partowner of Lewis Oil Company, Lewis and Raulerson, Inc., and Friendly Express, Inc. According to his family, one of Grady’s favorite pastimes was timber cruising with his father. Lewis was enrolled in the forest technology program at Okefenokee Technical College before entering UGA and always spoke highly of Okefenokee Technical College (now CPTC) and what he learned while in the program.
Anna Lewis, Grady’s sister, is auditing a Forest Technology course this semester and is enjoying the opportunity to learn new skills. Following the check presentation, Crews spoke briefly with Ms. Lewis and thanked her again. Afterwards, Lewis said to Crews, “Grady would be pleased that you were awarded a scholarship in his name.”