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Community Pays Homage to J.D. Lewis

Posted February 24, 2007 6:38 p.m. EST
Updated February 24, 2007 7:48 p.m. EST

Friends and family said goodbye Saturday to legendary broadcaster J.D. Lewis.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Raleigh, where Lewis' illustrious career in TV spanned more than four decades.

He was best known as the popular host of "Teenage Frolics", a dance program that debuted on WRAL-TV in 1958.

"After I met this giant of a man, this kind man, this man who believed in helping people, I began to love him,” said friend Stanley Green.

Lewis was also a community and civic leader, a U.S. Marine, and a member of numerous boards and organizations. He was 87 years old.