William McKinley Lewis, Jr. (1926 - 1987)

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Birthplace: Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Death: Died in Willingsboro, Burlington, New Jersey, United States
Cause of death: Cancer
Occupation: Track coach
Managed by: Erica Howton, (c)
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William Lewis, the father of Carl Lewis, the Olympic gold medalist, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 60 years old.

Mr. Lewis and his wife, Evelyn, started the Willingboro Track Club in 1969 to interest local youth in athletics. More than 3,000 youngsters have participated in the club, including several all-America athletes and national record-holders.

The club gave impetus to the athletic careers of Mr. Lewis's children, Carl -the winner of four gold medals at the Los Angeles Games - and Carol, a world-class long jumper. Mr. Lewis also coached girls' track at John F. Kennedy High School in Willingboro for seven years, compiling a 63-19 record. In 1979, he was named New Jersey Track Coach of the Year.

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William Lewis, Jr.'s Timeline

1926
September 11, 1926
Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, United States
1951
August 27, 1951
Age 24
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
1955
January 11, 1955
Age 28
Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
1961
July 1, 1961
Age 34
Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
1963
August 8, 1963
Age 36
Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States
1987
May 5, 1987
Age 60
Willingsboro, Burlington, New Jersey, United States