Rev. Dr. Lewis Orr Bartlett

lewis bartlett

June 27, 1932 ~ September 5, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Rev. Dr. Lewis Orr Bartlett, 91, of Asheville, NC passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Lilly Fore Bartlett. He was also preceded in death by his spouse, Eda Francine (Lunsford) Bartlett; a son, Bruce Bartlett; three brothers; Jack Bartlett, Clarence Bartlett; Harold Bartlett; and two sisters; Pauline Silver and Lois Rich.

He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Bartlett McLemore (Steve); and two brothers; Charles Bartlett and Dewey Bartlett.

Rev. Dr. Bartlett is the founder of Swannanoa Independent Missionary Baptist Church which began in 1971. He was a minister and a pastor to his congregation. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at the church he founded Swannanoa Independent Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. David Dimsdale, Rev. Dr. Jack Gassaway and Rev. Dr. Steve McLemore officiating. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service and a burial will follow at Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers include Russell Bartlett, Eric Dimsdale, Gary (Butch) Bradley, Josh Wilson, Eric Fuller and Ronnie McElreath.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: September 10, 2023 2:00 pm

Swannanoa Valley Independent Missionary Baptist Church
220 Lytle Cove Road
Swannanoa, NC 28778

Visitation: September 10, 2023 1:00 pm

Swannanoa Valley Independent Missionary Baptist Church
220 Lytle Cove Road
Swannanoa, NC 28778

Burial: September 10, 2023 3:15 pm

Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. Pastor Lewis O Bartlett Will Be Missed By All Of Friends And Family Lewis Was A Great Man I’m So Glad That I Have Got To Know Him Since I Was 7 Years Old It Has Been A Blessing To Me And My Brothers And Sister.

  2. May God comfort your hearts at this time. We are praying for the family.

  3. He was a wonderful uncle. He gave me a lot of encouragement through the years. I knrew him and my aunt prayed for me when I had many eye surgeries and had to go to Duke for further surgery. We will never forget how kind he was to us and gave us advice on our heat and plumbing on our house. He will never be forgotten. Prayers for Lisa and Steve.

  4. Very humble man , he is reunited with his dearest Francine 💌 our father in heaven definitely has a good one by his side. Pastor Bartlett , you will be missed by many, but your words and wisdom will live on ❤️

  5. I mourn and rejoice at the same time. I thank God for the providence of bringing Lewis, Francine, Bruce and Lisa into my life. My heart is hurting and my sympathies go out to you Lisa, God bless you and the rest of the Bartlett family.

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  6. Without a doubt the best human being I’ve ever known , and it’s not even close. A great man, a true Christian, and a wonderful pastor. I would not be where I am or know what I know about the Lord and His word without Lewis Bartlett. He sowed in to so many lives, and I’m certainly one of those. I will be forever indebted to him. You have outstripped us in the way, but one day we will strike hands again in the Kingdom of God.

  7. Sorry for your loss. Prayer for family. My husbands Father an mother were Fore’s from Marshall. Dearest Sympathy

  8. Lewis was a servant of the Most High God till the end. He was a great encouragement to me in the time I knew him. His shouts and amens will be sorely missed. I’m honored to have been his friend in his last days.
    Pastor, Leroy Jarvis, Ephesians 6:10

  9. Lisa and Steve sorry for your loss he’s with the master now, and your mother is there also , not gone just changed addresses

  10. Lisa, Steve, Dewy and Charles, I pray that God will send you the comforting Sprit he promised us in Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. Lewis used this passage when he preached at Dad’s funeral 30 years ago. It meant a lot to me then, and still does. Our Love and Prayers for all of you.

  11. Lewis took me under his wing when I went to the Christian Acadamy there. He nudged me out of my comfort zone & encouraged me to challenge myself for success. I’m sure he did the same for many others, & though he’s not here physically, his works & presence lives on. Deepest condolences to the family & friends close to him.

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