Civil rights leaders praised the life of Lillian Lewis, the wife of Rep. John Lewis, at her funeral Monday. She passed away in 2012. Cynthia King Farris, a sister of Martin Luther King Jr., said, "I doubt any member of Congress had a better-informed spouse.". Lillian once said that John would often talk about cutting back on his work, but he never did. It was called The Xernona Clayton Show and aired on WAGA-TV which is a CBS affiliate in Atlanta. In other news, How to make Chrissy Teigen-inspired popcorn balls - model makes recipe on Instagram! She died on the 45th anniversary of when she and John Lewis met, WABE reported. Rev. The awards, which were first introduced in 1993, honour the work and performance of African American people in a range of different industries. Lillian Miles Lewis, wife of U.S. Representative John Lewis, died Monday, Dec. 31,2012 at Emory University. Eventually, Xernona managed to set them up on New Year’s Eve when she invited John and Lilian to her house. Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon, was no stranger to loss and grief. Every girl needs a Xernona Clayton in their life. In 1979, she joined Turner Broadcasting where she first served as a producer of documentary specials and later was a director of PR. She and John first met at a New Year’s Eve party in 1967, where friends played matchmaker for the two. John Lewis died at the age of 80. “I wanted her to have someone who really would appreciate her skills and her talent,” Xernona explained. They were married in 1968. Loving this civil rights leader’s eulogy story, how she fixed up John Lewis with his wife Lillian. Here’s what you need to know about his wife, Lillian Miles Lewis. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. It reads, in part: “Miss Lillian Miles, a member of the staff of the Trevor Arnett Library at Atlanta University, and John Lewis, who was chairman of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee from 1963 to 1966, plan to be married here on Dec. 21.”. {{#media.media_details}} No cause of death was given by the congressman's office. I hope many young women look to this speech, and all the good trouble she has gotten into to help them live full, involved, joyous lives.”, Also #XernonaClayton is my new hero! She typically stayed at their Atlanta home when he went to D.C. She said she’s not a clingy person, and she said they were both comfortable and happy with their lives. #JohnLewisMemorial #vote #RegisterToVote2020. She recalled the time when she introduced John and future wife Lilian, revealing more details about how they started dating.