Gary Raymond Newman
Oct 11, 2013
Gary Raymond Newman
Oct. 11, 2013
Gary Raymond Newman, 64, died peacefully at home in Ten Mile surrounded by family and friends on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.
Born in Sweetwater on Oct. 22, 1948, he attended grammar school in Charleston, W.Va. After returning to Sweetwater, he attended both Sweetwater High School and TMI.
He served two years in Vietnam and Korea and four years in the Tennessee National Guard. He was a lifetime member of the Sweetwater Gold Star V.F.W. Post 5156, and the Athens Elks Lodge and AmVets. Gary was a former president of the Sweetwater Jaycees.
He began driving the local Tom\'s potato chip truck after returning from the war, where he made friends with many people. Mr. Newman owned and operated Newman\'s Mobile Homes and Lakeview Resort for 40 years, also developing Woodridge and Woodland Estates in Athens. He received many awards for being a Clayton Mobile Homes Independent Dealer. At one time, Mr. Newman was elected to the Athens City Council.
He was a member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church in Riceville. He had a great joy for life and loved classic cars, motorcycles and his cats, Miss Kitty and Elvis. He also thought the world of his grandson, Harrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Etta and Raymond Newman, and lifelong friend, Mike Melton.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Newman of Ten Mile; daughter, Annetta Newman and fianc�©, Robert Brindle, of Riceville; son, Bradley Newman and his mother, Shy Greene, of Charleston; stepdaughters, Tasha Barber and husband, Gerald, of Riceville, and Jessica Steedley of Athens; grandchildren, Harrison Newman, Mason, Caitlin, Mallory, Ashley, and Caleb; sister, Debbie Ritchie of Sweetwater; nephew, Robbie Rose of Sweetwater; aunt, Ruth Moser of Ten Mile; special cousin, Robin and Frankie Tallent of Ten Mile; numerous other cousins; and special friends, Ray Whitlock, Mike Hicks, John Turpin, Dale Cook, Kathy Womack, Scotty Hannah, Eddie Moses, and Dr. Joe and Jan Moore.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a celebration of life service in Kyker\'s chapel with the Rev. Gary King officiating.
Interment will be 1 p.m. Friday in the West View Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Sweetwater Gold Star V.F.W. Post 5156 and member of Monroe County D.A.V. Chapter 93.
Gary loved to support the McMinn Regional Humane Society. The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the McMinn Regional Humane Society, P.O. Box 7, Athens, TN 37371.
Kyker Funeral Homes of Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com