LEWIS, Dawn Hardy

Dawn Hardy Lewis

Birth: March 13, 1968
Death: December 23, 2007


Dawn Hardy Lewis, a resident of the Tumbleton community in Henry County, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2007, of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, which occurred on Henry County Road 85, near the Tumbleton community.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, in New Zion Free Will Baptist Church with the Revs. Joey Pettis and Tim McCraney officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Holman-Headland Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to New Zion Free Will Baptist Cemetery Fund, in care of Edna Whitehead, 302 Murray St., Headland, AL, 36345.

Mrs. Lewis was a lifelong resident of the Tumbleton community where she was a member of New Zion Free Will Baptist Church. She was a 1986 graduate of Headland High School and attended Wallace Community College where she received degrees in accounting and computers. Mrs. Lewis was the president and owner of Lewis Inc. of Headland.

Surviving relatives include her husband, George Edward Lewis II; two daughters, Anna Lewis and Abby Lewis; a son, Jordan Lewis; her parents, Kyle and Dianne Hardy; two brothers, Kylie Hardy and Jeffrey Hardy; her paternal grandparents, L.J. and Dot Hardy, all of the Tumbleton community; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Vivian Lewis, of Abbeville; a sister-in-law, Daphne Cook, of Loganville, Ga.; a brother-in-law, Jeff Cook, Lake Pontchartrain, La.; nieces, Heather Smith, Ashlan Smith and Jerica Cook; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and a host of friends.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Dr. Perry Mobley, Tim McCraney, Jerry Hardy, Jeff Cook, James Andrews and Michael Hartzog.

Holman-Headland Mortuary, (334) 693-3371, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Dothan Eagle from December 24 to December 26, 2007

Burial: New Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, Tumbleton, Henry County, Alabama, USA

Criminal Details

The Dothan Eagle
Matt Elofson – Aug 22, 2008

Troopers with the Alabama State Highway Patrol are investigating a single-vehicle accident early this morning in Henry County that took the life of a 39-year-old Headland woman, according to the Henry County Coroner Derek Wright.

Dawn Hardy Lewis, 39, of Tumbleton community, died after a Headland teenager lost control of the pickup truck he was driving. Lewis was one of six people in the truck.

None of the others suffered life-threatening injuries.

One of the passengers, Rhonda Parrish, of Headland, suffered a hip injury and had surgery on Sunday afternoon at Flowers Hospital, Wright said.

He said the other passengers suffered minor injuries, including the 16-year-old driver, Alex Rushing, the teenager’s mother, Patty Rushing, Tammy Thompson and Melanie McCoy.

The accident happened on County Road 85 about four and a half miles northeast of Headland. Lewis was a backseat passenger in a F-250 pickup truck when the accident happened around 1:56 a.m., Wright said.

“It’s pretty bad because she has three children at home, and it’s right here at Christmas time,” Wright said.


The Associated Press – Nov. 24, 2009

DOTHAN, Ala. — A Headland teen has pleaded guilty and asked for forgiveness from the family of a woman he killed during a 2007 crash.

Alex Rushing read a letter of apology in front of nearly a dozen family members of Dawn Lewis at the Houston County Courthouse on Monday.

Lewis, who was 39, died in the crash after the then 16-year-old Rushing lost control of his pickup truck. Six people were in the vehicle during the crash and several were injured.

Rushing, now 18, pleaded guilty Monday to the reduced charge of misdemeanor criminally negligent homicide as part of a plea agreement.

Circuit Court Judge Ed Jackson sentenced him to a year in the Henry County Jail, which was suspended for two years of probation.

He will pay $15,450 in funeral expenses and do 50 hours of community service.