Richards Chesterfield Lewis, Jr.

  • Born: November 24, 1941
  • Died: March 21, 2019
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Richards by adding your memories and photos.

Richards Chesterfield Lewis, Jr., 77, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Susan Gordon Lewis, died peacefully Thursday, March 21, 2019. His Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in St. Michael's Church, 71 Broad Street at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Rich was born November 24, 1941, in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late Richards Chesterfield Lewis and Gabriella Ravenel Parker Lewis. He graduated from the University of Virginia, Class of 1964 and served in the United States Army. Rich was an investment advisor, retiring from Morgan Stanley. He was a vestry member and treasurer for many years at St. Michael's Church. He was also active in the Carolina Yacht Club, the Huguenot Society, the South Carolina Society, and the St. Andrew's Society.

Rich will be remembered as a kind, principled gentleman with a great sense of humor. He loved shrimping the creeks and gathering with family and friends at his summer house on the creek.

He is survived by his wife, Susan of Charleston, SC and niece, Susan Gordon Sheffield of Raleigh, NC; two sisters: Gabriella Lewis Brown (Alton) of Charleston, SC, and Ellen Lewis Watson (Donald) of Dartmouth, MA; nieces and nephews: Alton Grady Brown III (Elizabeth), Peter HorrĂ¿ Brown, Gabriella Ravenel Andrews (David), Nathaniel Fairfield Watson (Elenora), and Caroline Frost Watson (Geir).

Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Church, 71 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or Roper Hospice Cottage, 676 Wando Park Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to all the nurses, doctors and staff at Roper Hospice Cottage.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Richards was very kind and helpful to my mother-in-law as her financial adviser. Our famiy was grateful to him.

Posted by Ellen Frisch - Charleston, SC - Acquaintance   April 18, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. Visiting your gorgeous home with the grand live oaks and beautiful vistas, I get a feeling of the love and history that your family has shared there over the years. Though I've only just met Gaby and Alton, my heart goes out to you and the whole family and hope you can find comfort in the wonderful memories of your brother and the love you all shared. Sending you my sincere condolences.

With Sympathy,
Missy Ricker

Posted by Missy Ricker - Charleston - Friend   March 30, 2019

I've only just met your family, but I can only imagine your brother lived a full life with a very kind and loving family. Gabby and Alton we send our condolences and light in this time of transition and longing. We wish you peace, love, and beautiful memories of your brother. All my best, Leslie

Posted by Leslie Keel - Charleston, SC - Acquaintance   March 30, 2019

My deepest sympathies to the Lewis family. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God's loyal love give you a measure of comfort during this time of sadness, Psalms 119:76.

Posted by A friend   March 28, 2019

Sorry for the loss of your love one, may you find comfort in knowing that those who have passed on in death God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. Psalms 116:15

Posted by John    March 28, 2019

Richards was my financial advisor, as well as my father's, at Morgan Stanley. He and my father also served together in the US Army Reserves. It was obvious to me that Richards truly cared about his clients, and he made me feel like family during the many years I had the privilege of working with him. I am grateful to have known him.

Posted by Jim Thorne - Charleston, SC   March 26, 2019

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