Lowe’s Home Improvement is nearly finished with the renovations to Sonny Boyz Barbershop in Leesville. The renovations serve to keep both the business and the memory of Sherell “Rell” Lewis alive, providing a way for the community to honor him and to remember all that he had given back.
Lewis, was killed on May 29 when he stopped along Highway 171 in New Llano to pick up wood debris from the road. He died after being hit by a 2003 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Matthew M. Martin, 18, of Hineston.
Renovations have been underway since June 25 at Sonny Boyz Barbershop, where Lewis had worked. The project is expected to be complete by Thursday.
“We’ve been getting a lot of help from our employees at Lowe’s,” Carlisha Mclaurin said. She is leading the renovations. “We’ve been having around 25 to 30 workers in total coming in on this, and they even come in on their personal time to help out, volunteering to try and get this done as soon as possible,” Mclaurin said.
The workers are a part of the Give Back Time program, which is a corporate volunteer program that sees employees working with nonprofit organizations and relief efforts. Each employee is eligible for eight hours of Give Back Time a year.
In addition to Lowe’s providing materials, other businesses like Sherwin-Williams and The Affordable Handyman have been aiding in the project as well, providing paint and other valuable resources.