Benefactors: Jeff & Sheri Easter
Leon Copsey – Scott Williamson
Madison & Shannon Easter
Morgan & Maura Easter
Born in Lincolnton, Georgia, on Jan. 23, 1937, Blanche Pauline Lewis was early on nicknamed “Polly” because she possessed such a happy, jovial spirit and captivated her family with a winning smile. It would be a smile that she would share her entire life with Gospel music fans across America and quite literally around the world.
As a member of the talented Lewis Family, Polly was performing regularly by the early 1960s ultimately establishing the singing side of the Lewis performances alongside sisters Miggie and Janis. As a traveling member of the Family, Polly performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including the Lincoln Center in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Polly provided a stabilizing force on stage somehow managing to return an audience to sanity amidst the frequent comic antics of younger brother “Little Roy.” Her voice became perhaps the most recognizable of the talented Lewises and she was featured on some of the Family’s best-known recordings, including “Slippers With Wings” and “Hallelujah Turnpike.” Five times she was honored as the winner of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association’s Traditional Female Vocalist award and twice she walked away with the organization’s Overall Female Vocalist honors. Health concerns led to her retirement and the official disbanding of The Lewis Family in 2009 but Polly Lewis is certainly not forgotten. Her constant smile and grace onstage remains etched in the memory of Southern Gospel fans across the nation.