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Service with a smile


                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Shari Harris
Marshall Miller, Colton Lewis, Ronny Lewis and Randy Lewis offer full service with a smile at Lewis & Sons Service.
By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

June of this year marked twenty years since the sons of Lewis & Sons Service Station took the reins. Darrell and Shirley Lewis operated the family business for twenty-five years from June 1974 to June 1999. Now their sons, Ronny Lewis and Randy Lewis, are at the helm and keep their full-service gas station operating in the heart of Licking.
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Glen and Louise Leadford started the family business in 1952.
The station originally began a generation before the Lewis’. 
Glen and Louise Leadford operated Leadford’s Service beginning in 1952 at the northeast corner of the Hwy. 32 and Main St. junction. “Grandma took care of the office,” recalls Randy. In 1974, they sold the business to their daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Darrell Lewis, and in 1976, the Lewis’ moved the business a block west to its current location on Hwy. 32 across from Cedar St. Ronny and Randy remember Kenneth Edwards and Tom Todaro having service stations in their location prior to their parents moving Lewis & Sons Service Station there.
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“Honesty, good friendly service, we try to treat people right,” said Ronny when asked what people associate with Lewis & Sons. “That’s what Dad always tried to instill in us.” The brothers agree that a rewarding part of their job is meeting and helping people.
 Their full-service station is a rarity in this area and the service can’t be beat. Colton Lewis, Ronny’s son, is the fourth generation at the station and you can expect to see any of the three Lewis’ or Marshall Miller tending to your car’s needs when you pull up to the pump. Miller is as much a part of the fabric of the station as Ronnie and Randy, having worked there for 30 years now. In addition to pumping your gas, cleaning your windshield and checking your tires and oil, the station also services tires, brakes, exhaust systems and repairs. They also offer detailing of cars. Ronny and Randy assure that “as long as we own it, it’ll be full service.” It appears likely that it will remain full service for a long time, as Colton Lewis would like to be the next generation to own and operate the station when his father and uncle retire.
Stop by the station Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., or Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to noon (unless it’s Ronny’s weekend to work and the weather is nice, in which case he may sneak away early to play golf). They are closed on Sundays. If you are new to Licking, the street address is 105 Hwy. 32 West, Licking.
A Christmas tradition that began 25-30 years ago and that Ronny and Randy have carried on, is the station’s Customer Appreciation Fish Fry on Christmas Eve. The brothers call it their Christmas gift to their customers. They fry fish, hushpuppies, potatoes and even have ham if you don’t like fish. They invite everyone to come by for dinner between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, but don’t wait too long if you want to be sure and get some fish. First come, first served is the rule!

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