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In Memory of

Irene Lewis Brezeale

September 6, 1919 - March 28, 2015

Obituary


Irene passed away at age 95 on March 28,2015 in Hendersonville, N.C.. She was born on September 6, 1919 in Pickens County, S.C. Her parents were John Frank Lewis and Mae Fleming Lewis. She was predeceased by her seven brothers and sisters: Frances Stowe, Gertrude Hughes, Helen Stephens, John Frank Lewis, Capers Lewis, Albert Lewis, and Edwin Lewis.



She was also predeceased by her husband,Brandon Fletcher Brezeale. She is survived by a son, Dale Brezeale, of Pickens and a daughter, Jean Hatley (Jerry) of Taylors, S.C. and a granddaughter, Tara Hatley, of Irmo, S.C....

Irene passed away at age 95 on March 28,2015 in Hendersonville, N.C.. She was born on September 6, 1919 in Pickens County, S.C. Her parents were John Frank Lewis and Mae Fleming Lewis. She was predeceased by her seven brothers and sisters: Frances Stowe, Gertrude Hughes, Helen Stephens, John Frank Lewis, Capers Lewis, Albert Lewis, and Edwin Lewis.



She was also predeceased by her husband,Brandon Fletcher Brezeale. She is survived by a son, Dale Brezeale, of Pickens and a daughter, Jean Hatley (Jerry) of Taylors, S.C. and a granddaughter, Tara Hatley, of Irmo, S.C. She is also survived by 22 nieces and nephews plus 8 deceased.



Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Secona Baptist Church, 234 Secona Road, Pickens, S.C. 29671. Her memorial service will also be at the church following the visitation. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2410 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, S.C. 29671.



Flowers may be sent or memorial donations made to Secona Baptist Church or to Alzheimer’s Association, 301 University Ridge, Greenville, S.C. 29601.



Irene was educated at Wolf Creek School, Pickens High School, and Draughon’s Business College. She became a bookkeeper and worked for several companies during her lifetime: Carolina Belting, Red Diamond Gas Station, Pickens Auction Market, Bethlehem-Roanoke Water District, and Holder and Floyd Hardware.



Irene married Brandon Brezeale on March 6, 1942. One month later he was inducted into the Army Air Corps during World War II. He returned safely and they raised two children. Other events in her life were the wedding of her daughter in 1972, the birth of her granddaughter in 1977, 50th wedding anniversary reception in 1992, and the death of her husband in 1995. In September of 2012 she moved to Mountain Home Health and Rehab in Hendersonville, N.C. She was hospitalized in intensive care January 2nd of 2015. After 7 days in the hospital, she returned to Mountain Home but her health declined further in March.



Her favorite travel, vacations, and get-togethers were: Marshall and Gertrude Hughes’ lake house in Umatilla, Florida; World’s Fair in Knoxville in 1982, camping with Edwin and Mildred and the Gillespies, Table Rock State Park and brother Albert’s Table Rock cabin, PHS class reunions, Lewis family reunions, Martha Hatley’s house, and church activities.



She was a longtime member of Secona Baptist where she was active in WMU and helped Jean Flynn write a book of church history.