Lewis Earl Jourden of 6500 Summerchase Drive, Fayetteville, NC passed away on Friday, September 20, 2019 at home. He was 81 years old.
He was born in Birmingham, Alabama to Earl Clifton Jourden and Willie Velma Jourden. Lewis grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from Sam Houston High School. After High School he joined the military, and served in Alaska, then Ft. Bragg North Carolina. There he met his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Bryant Jourden.
He began working at Hercules Steel Company, Inc. in 1962 as a draftsman. He was dedicated to the company and became Senior Draftsman, Vice-President, Executive Vice-President, then President & CEO. During his career he participated in many organizations, serving as President of the Virginia-Carolinas Structural Steel Fabricators Association, as well as President of the Southern Association of Steel Fabricators. He was recognized by his business associates and colleagues as a successful leader; being the recipient of the Methodist University Entrepreneur of the year Award in 1994. He served on the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Committee, Chairman of the Fayetteville Airport Commission, and Chairman of the Building Committee for Northwood Temple Dome Building. He loved flying, and was a Commercial, Instrument rated pilot.
He deeply loved and was devoted to his family; he was loyal to his friends and will be missed tremendously. He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn and son-in-law, Jeff Blackmon, and a sister Phillis Gail Render of Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife Brenda Wheeler Jourden, of the home, a son Lynn Bryant Jourden and wife, Gina Bailey Jourden, of Fayetteville; daughter, Sherri Jourden Blackmon, of Chapel Hill; step sons Phillip Edwards and wife Teresa Edwards, Michael Edwards and wife Deneen Edwards; four Grandchildren, Jourden Blackmon and Hunter Blackmon of Chapel Hill, and Bailey Jourden and Joshua Jourden of Fayetteville, and two sisters; Mary Ruth Sanders of Thornton Texas, and Reba Joyce Besara of Denver Colorodo.
The family will receive guests at Northwood Temple Church from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on Tuesday September 24. 2019 Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 25 2019 at 1:00 at Northwood Temple Church followed by Entombment at Lafayette Memorial Park on Ramsey Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukaemia Foundation, or Community Home Care and Hospice.
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