Gaynell L. “Lewis” Spruill, 74

February 22, 2023

Gaynell L. “Lewis” Spruill, 74, of East Earl, departed his earthly life on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at Wellspan Ephrata Hospital following a lengthy illness. Born in Warrenton, NC, he was the son of the late Van Davis Williams Sr. and Queen Esther (Spruill) Green.

Lewis was educated in the Warren County School System, after which he relocated to Newark, NJ, where he met and married his beloved wife, Barbara Thornton, and they celebrated 55 years of marriage this past November. They were the loving parents to one daughter, Stacie Spruill, and an adopted son, Raymond Muniz.

For over 30 years, Lewis was employed at the Newark Housing Authority as a Maintenance Mechanic Supervisor, retiring in 2001 after 32 years of service. In his free time, he enjoyed watching wrestling and MSNBC, gardening, and making homemade wine, but his greatest loves were his family and fishing. He was a lifelong member of Coley Springs Baptist Church of Warrenton, NC.

Along with his wife, daughter and son, Lewis leaves behind to cherish his memories a granddaughter, Dominique Spruill, and a great-granddaughter, Denae McCall. Also surviving are brothers Larry Green (Mary), William Green (Wynee), and Van Williams, Jr., (Valerie); sisters Joyce Harrison (Norman), Vera West, Wanda Carter, and Lucy Fields (Lawrence); on uncle, John Thomas (Juanita); and two great-aunts, Dorothy Tillman and Naomi Blue. Additionally, he will be sadly missed by his side-kick brother-in-law Raymond Thomas-they literally spoke with each other every single day-and the 3 Musketeers of PA, Brad, Jim and Denny, his buddies in crime, and Mr. Earl. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his stepfather, Nathaniel Green, brothers, Reuben, Lawrence, Samuel, Milton, Otis, and Willie Green and Larry Williams, and a sister, Sarah Richardson.

Lewis will be missed by a host of family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, March 6, 2023, at Bright Side Baptist Church, 515 Hershey Avenue, Lancaster, PA, 17603, where a viewing will take place beginning at 9:30 AM until time of services. Interment will follow at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, Millersville, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lewis’ memory may be made to the American Lung Association at

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Condolences to the Family

March 06, 2023

Dear Family,
I would like to express my deepest condolences to you all. May God give you strength and comfort in times of sorrow. Prayers to Uncle Lewis restpeacefully in the arms of the Lord🙏🏾🕊️Love, Your Niece Kerra
(Late Larry Williams Daughter

March 05, 2023

Dearest Barbara,
You and your family are on my heart.  I’m praying for God’s peace and strength for you.  
Zeltha Ellis

March 05, 2023

Sorrow and sadness praying that the family will be able to survive 🙏 💔 
Cheryl Washington

March 04, 2023

What a great loss to everyone who knew him. Louis was such a sweet man, and great neighbor. Your family is in our thoughts.
The Wentzel, Hammond, Boyd Families

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Lancaster, PA 17603
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