Corda Easterling Lewis, age 101, 8 months, Wrigley, Ky., died July 9, 1998 at Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital, West Liberty, Ky. She and her late husband of 73 years, Ernest P. Lewis, had owned and operated the Wrigley Mercantile General Store and ran the Wrigley Post Office serving their community for over 35 years. A native and life long resident of Morgan County, she was born November 18, 1896 in Blairs Mills, Ky., a daughter of the late Robbin Henry and Ann Eliza Blair Easterling. Because her mother died when she was born in the home of her grandparents, David Caskey and Mary Jane Cassity Blair, she stayed on in the old Blair home with her uncles and aunts and her grandfather kept her until his death. Her stepmother was her cousin, Anne Mae Blair. She became a member of Blairs Mills Christian Church and was baptized when she was 17. Mrs. Lewis received her early education in one-room schools at Blairs Mill and Oak Hill. When she was 17 she came to the then boom railroad town of Wrigley to attend school, working her way by helping her Aunt Lucinda "Tennie" Caudill and Uncle Sam Caudill run their big boarding house. She later attended the Matthew T. Scott Institue in West Liberty and went a couple of years to Morehead Normal School (which later became Morhead University) until she received her teaching certificate. She taught several years at Oak Hill and Wrigley School. Both she and her husband and four of their daughters taught in Wrigley School. Cordie was a member of Morgan County's earliest pioneer familes. She traced back to two of Morgan County's Revolutionary soldiers, David Ellington and Gardner Hopkins. She was a great-great-granddaughter of Edmund Wells and Sarah Cassity Wells and Thomas and Lydia Hopkins Caskey. She is a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe of Virginia. Surviving is one son, Lawrence Dale Lewis; three daughters, Ernestine Kokas, Ann Arbor, Mich., Roberta Patrick, West Liberty, and Bonnie Ruth Lewis of Wrigley; and one sister, Mildred Collins, Longmont, Colo. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Anna Eunice Martin, Northville, Mich., three sons, Dr. F. C. Lewis, Jackson, Wendell Lewis, Frederick Gale who died in infancy, and one young great-granddaughter, Taryn Leigh Patrick who died Sept. 13, 1987 in Lexington. Surviving are also 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Besides her father and stepmother, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Homer Easterling, Boyd Easterling and a little brother who died in infancy, and seven sisters, Cora Collins, Gertrude Carter, Grace Easterling, Hazel Blair, Jewell Swim, Maude Cassity and Aihleen Smith Brown. Burial in Lewis Cemetery at Blaze, Ky.
The Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Ky, July 11, 1998