“He fought until the end. That was my big brother” John Lewis’ family speaks for 1st time

ATLANTA — The family of John Lewis spoke for the first time Sunday morning, saying they are grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers they have received.

On the steps of the family’s home in South Fulton, John Lewis’ youngest brother spoke, surrounded by Lewis’ siblings and son.

“While we grieve the loss of this legend, we’re blessed to know he touched so many people on every corner of the globe,” Grant Lewis said.

Lewis died Friday at the age of 80 after a battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Grant Lewis said John fought until the very end.

“That was my big brother. He was fighter with a tenacious spirit, but he was also gracious and kindhearted. A great man and public servant.”


Grant also shared a story that displayed kindness and patience. John didn’t get his driver’s license until his 40s, so Grant would sometimes driver his brother around Atlanta for quick errands.

“Which should have took 10 minutes max, it would take 3 and half hours because he would shake every hand, take pictures with everyone who wanted to take pictures…because that’s the kind of person my brother was.”

The family also thanked Lewis’ medical team, the congressman’s staff and his adopted home of Atlanta. Grant ended with a plea for those who want to remember John.

“To keep his legacy alive by helping anyone else you see that need help. And make the world more just and a better place to live.”

The family said funeral arrangements are still being worked out. But there are plans to hold something in three places: Alabama where the family’s from, Washington D.C. where he served and here in Atlanta.