Willie Newman of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life, Sunday, November 25, 2018 in Waldron, Arkansas surrounded by his loving family. Willie was born September 19, 1922 in Hon, Arkansas to James and Katy Newman. He was 96 years, 2 months and 6 days old. He attended Hon Baptist Church.
Willie was proud to have served in the United States Army during WW II. He was awarded 7 Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. In 2015, Willie was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal collectively for superior service to the First Special Service Force during WWII. Willie had become notorious for telling his war stories.Willie was a hard worker, he believed in a good day's work for a good day's pay. He believed in doing everything with precision and perfection, a trait he passed to his children and grandchildren. He loved and treasured his family and was extremely blessed with the time he spent with them passing on his legacy.
Willie leaves behind to cherish his memory, his son JR Newman, and wife Gina of Waldron, Arkansas. Poppa will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren: Danny Newman, Kellie Robertson, Terri Robertson, Sara Koltzau and husband Brian and Jenna Parker and one great granddaughter, Kaylee Gardener. Willie will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted, including a host of extended family, friends, neighbors and loved ones.
Willie was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Scott Newman, one daughter, Mary Sue Parker and son in law, David Parker and eleven siblings.
Willie's life celebration will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Butch Morgan officiating. Interment will follow in the Center Point Cemetery in Hon, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Willie's pallbearers will be Roy Browning, Lindon Scott Bud Gossett, Howard Gossett, Danny Newman and Brian Koltzau. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Franklin, Kenneth Ridenhour, Larry Scott, Scotty Scott, Andy Scott, Keith Dedmon, Kason Dedmon, Ben Roseberry and Blakely Aynes.
Willie's visitation will be Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home.