He was united in marriage to Edith Faith Wakeman on Feb. 14, 1949, in Union Creek Church in Union County, S.D. He worked alongside his wife on the family farm. He was of the Baptist faith and attended the Elizabeth Baptist Church.
Survivors include his five sons, Steve Newman of Normal, Ill., Warren Newman and wife, Cherryle, Mike Newman and wife, Dana, Slayton Newman and wife Nancy, James Newman and wife, Rita, all of Byron, Ark., 22 grandchildren, Jennifer Newman, Sabrina Floyd (Cecil), Kasey Newman (Courtney), Madeline Newman, Katherine "Katie" Newman, Annie Grace Newman, Emmalie Newman, John Newman, Tessa Newman, Sophie Newman, Ella Newman, Samuel Newman, Jason Downs (Holly), Cody Scrivener (Marie), Crystal Galvan, Tiger Hurtt, Dustin Newman (Trish), David Newman (Delaney), Faith Ellrich (Justin), Brandon Newman (Sarah), Tracy Newman; 15 great-grandchildren, four sisters Agnos Nilson, June Vandenburg, Marion Vanderham and husband Bill, Donna Vermeer, and fiancÚ Betty Stuart.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Faith Newman, two daughters Mary Margaret and Margaret Mary, who died in infancy, a grandchild Matthew, his father Slayton Newman and mother Delma Daisy (Blackwell) Newman.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Elizabeth, Ark., with Bro. John Hodges officiating. Interment was in the Byron Cemetery in Byron, Ark. under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Salem.
Pallbearers were Dustin Newman, David Newman, Brandon Newman, Tracy Newman, Kasey Newman and Cody Scrivener. Honorary pallbearers were Justin Ellrich, Eugene Newman, Tom Newman, Fred Newman, Bob Newman, Billy Newman, Lonnie Neal, Wayne Neal, Daniel Neal, Kent Cornelius, Furman Gregg, Jim Bozeman, Carmen Sanders and Buck Crotts.
Memorials preferred to St. Jude Children's Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Guest may sign the online registry at www.barkerfuneral.com.