Justine Alaman Brown Lewis, born in Taylor Texas, the youngest of six children of Johnnie and Bertha Alaman, graduated from Blackshear High School in Taylor, Texas, then attended Tillotson College, in Austin, Texas, graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. Later, she attended The University of Texas at Austin and earned a Master of Education degree.
Her teaching career spanned thirty six (36) years as a Home Economics teacher, in the Coleman and Georgetown, Texas Independent School Districts, followed by twenty three (23) years as an educator in the Austin Independent School District, where she was elected "Teacher of the Year" at O'Henry Middle School and Lanier High School.
She had been a member of the Ebenezer 3rd Baptist Church since 1961, where she served faithfully for more than forty (40) years as an usher, a member of the Board of Trustees, Woman's Missionary Union, chair of the Food Service committee, team captain for several Woman's Day observances, General Chair of a Woman's Day service, a former Director of the Adult Woman's class of Sunday School and a member of Discipleship Training. Sister Lewis was a member of the Douglass Club, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Capital City Lions Club, Eastern Star Lodge, Capital City Food Bank, and many other civic and social organizations and was an officer in many of them. Her services ended due to a long term illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Lewis, along with two sisters and three brothers: Lucille Sims, Sophia Jackson, Willie Hargrove, Leon and Vernon Alaman; daughter, Doris Campbell of Los Angeles, California and son, David Brown Jr. of Ft. Worth, Texas. She leaves to cherish fond memories: her daughter, Mirian Jones-Clark and husband, Roosevelt; grandchildren: Shawn Jones, Deborah and Michael Jackson, and special niece and nephew, Lavon and General Marshall, who were more like her children; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and other relatives and friends.