Eunice Samuels-Lewis, 70, of Trenton, N.J., departed this life in the early morning hours of April 28, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Eunice, fondly referred to as “Stunka,” was born Sept. 15, 1948, in Jacksonville to Effie Mae Baker Samuels and William Earl Samuels. Initially living in Kingsland, by the time she entered sixth grade, she had moved to Miami where she spent the majority of her life with her oldest sister, Doris King (James) and nephew, Robert King. Frances would join them years later.
In 1966, after the birth of her first son, Harold Earl Hutchinson, Eunice moved to Trenton, N.J. She later married Reginald Lewis and from that union was born her second son, Jacob Reginal Lewis.
Eunice accepted Christ as a child and after receiving a certificate in theology and ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, she joined Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton where the Rev. Darrell Armstrong is the pastor. She served in such capacities as church clerk and area III representative for the Middlesex Central Baptist Women’s Association and several ministries: shepherding ministry, Anna Louise White Missionary Ministry, praise and worship ministry, Voices of Christ and the women’s choir, to name a few.
Always sharing and giving, eight years ago she began her culinary gifting and missionary duties by cooking holiday meals to feed the seniors and homebound of the community, as well as preparing luncheons for the American Baptist Women’s Association. She remained an active member of Shiloh up until her death.
Starting her higher education at Grambling State University (College) in 1967, Eunice never halted her pursuits of higher learning and professional career aspirations. She simply moved into a lower gear, never stopping her love of education. In 1989, Eunice graduated from Rutgers the State University with a BA in sociology and in 1993 achieved her lifelong academic pursuit with a juris doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law, Seton Hall University.
Over the years, Eunice was the recipient of numerous awards, proclamations and honors for her professional, community and volunteer service from the City of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey General Assembly and Senate, Superior Court of New Jersey and Mercer Vicinage. She was a member and officer of the NAACP Trenton Branch, Urban League Guild of Metropolitan Trenton, the National Congress of Black Women, the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, Black Administrators Network and Mercer County Municipal Court Directors and Court Administrators Association.
At her death, Eunice was the municipal court director for the City of Trenton and had been appointed by the chief justice to be a member of the Municipal Court Administrators Certification Board and most recently appointed to be on the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Operations, Fines and Fees.
Eunice was a life and diamond member of Epsilon Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, serving in many chapter, state, regional and national positions, and receiving numerous awards and recognition for her service.
Eunice was predeceased in death by her parents; brothers, Robert Lee Maxie, William Andrew Robinson and Dr. Earl Kenneth Maxie; and sister, Doris Maxie King.
She leaves to cherish her memory her two beloved sons, Harold Earl Hutchinson (Carolyn) of Sacramento, Calif., and Jacob Reginal Lewis of Gothenburg, Sweden; four granddaughters, Lola, Liv and Lilly Lewis of Gothenburg and Malaysia Northcutt of Sacramento; one sister, Frances Robinson of Jacksonville; five nephews, Robert James King (Bernita) of Hawthorne, Calif., Michael Oliver Maxie (Janette) of Burgaw, N.C., Kelvin Earl Maxie of Kingsland, Gregory Robinson of St. Marys and Bruce Alexander III (Angela) of Birmingham, Ala.; sister-in-law, Mrs. LaVerne Robinson of St. Marys; devoted nieces, Patricia Ann Taylor of Kingsland; Della Francine Brown of Atlanta; lifelong friend, Bruce E. Alexander Jr. of Rivera Beach, Fla.; godson, Kim Ross of Trenton; goddaughters, Tamara Brown Powell of Burlington, N.J., and Janelle Williams-Opoku of New Brunswick, N.J.; best friends, Mrs. Rachel Brown and Judge Geraldine Eure of Trenton; as well as a host of cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends — professional and personal — and church members of Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Kinlaw Cemetery.
Sunset Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.