WILL LEWIS DEAD AT 77

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ARDMORE, ALA. — Will A. Lewis, founder of Lewis Pipe Co., died March 4 after complications from a broken hip caused by a fall. Lewis, 77, was president of the Ardmore extruder of chlorinated PVC pipe.

``He was here every day until he fell,'' said his daughter, Martha Lewis Stogner. She has become the new president.

His wife, Mary B. Lewis, worked at Lewis Pipe as sales manager. She retired in 1995.

He was active in the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association, serving as CPVC Committee chairman.

``He was a visionary,'' his daughter said. ``He was a very forward-thinking person as far as CPVC is concerned.''

An electrical engineer, Lewis served in the Navy in World War II, later working for the Navy in Washington. He became a lab director at the Army Missile Command near Huntsville, Ala. He retired in 1979, and began working full time at Lewis Pipe, which he and some other entrepreneurs had founded seven years earlier.