Back in 1960 when Dr. Martin Luther King came to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers a friend introduced him to local mortician R.S. Lewis. Days later when Dr. King was assassinated the King family asked Lewis to prepare the civil right leader's body for his funeral.
For Lewis, it was an honor that gave him a definite place in the history books as the man who embalmed Dr. King. Over the years Lewis would go on to develop a legacy of supporting the Memphis community.
He hosted food drives, clothing drives, helped people find work and headed up many other activities to help the needy.
Lewis passed away two years ago but his legacy of reaching out to the community is still going strong.
This Friday at noon, workers at the R.S. Lewis and Sons' funeral home will stage a massive giveaway in his honor.
They plan to pack what love baskets of food and other items and then pass them out to needy people from different churches throughout the Mid-South.