Lewis, Landy Funeralized
Funeral services were held for former Savannah State football players Bernard Lewis and Willie Landy on April 27.
Lewis, 77, died on April 22 at his home after a bout with cancer. Services were held for Lewis at Coastal Cathedral Church of God.
The Steubenville, Ohio native who was also known by the nickname of “Yank” to many, was a local educator who also worked with the city recreation department where he ran the local swimming pools as part of the aquatic program.
Landy, 56, passed away on April 15 at Landmark Hospital in Savannah. The former Savannah High standout was a local police officer until he was paralyzed in 2003 in a car accident. Landy also served as Pastor of God’s House for All People in Tatumville for 19 years until his death. Services were held for Landy at Thankful Baptist Church.
Lewis and Landy were both buried in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.
Former Savannah State football coach and athletics director Frank Ellis knew Lewis and Landy well. Ellis and Lewis were teammates at Savannah State in the early 60s and Ellis recruited Landy as a player in the early 80s. Lewis played offensive and defensive tackle while Landy was a defensive tackle.
“You couldn’t find ask for a better teammate,” Ellis said of Lewis. “He had integrity and good character,” he added. Ellis remembers Landy being very strong and having good speed. “He was vicious on the field but mild mannered off the field,” he said
Ellis-Foster Runs In Penn Relays
Savannah State senior hurdler Morgan Ellis-Foster competed in the 125th Penn Relays on April 26. The Philadelphia native competed in the men’s 400m hurdles.
Ellis-Foster did not qualify for the finals but finished sixth in his heat with a time of 51.83 which was good enough for 21st overall in the event that drew 50 participants.
SSU Softball Sweeps SC State
The Savannah State softball team ended their 2019 season on a winning note with a three-game sweep of visiting South Carolina State.
SSU entered the weekend series riding a nine game losing skid but bounced back with two wins on April 27 by scores of 12-2 and 18-1. The Lady Tigers capped their season with a 4-0 victory on April 28 over the Bulldogs.
Faith Dickerson was the winning pitcher in all three contest, yielding nine hits while striking out 23 batters.
Jakayla Sullivan had four RBI for SSU (9- 27, 4-11 MEAC) in the first game while in the second game, Cortni Jones and Peyton Mitchell both hit grand slam home runs. Mitchell also had a solo home run. In the third game, Jones had two hits and drove in two runs.
South Carolina State ends their season winless (0-34, 0-15 MEAC).