Robert Lee "Rodge" Newman of Waldron, Arkansas passed Thursday, August 3, 2017 in Waldron, Arkansa surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born December 15, 1939 in Mansfield, Arkansas to Orville and Etta Bell (Duncan) Newman. Robert was 77 years old.
Robert was a well known mechanic. He had been in the business since he was 17. He worked at Theo Money Chevrolet, Buddy Rodgers Chevrolet and then eventually opening his own Newman's Garage that he owned and operated for many years. When Robert wasn't working he enjoyed farming and gardening. He worked hard for his family. He loved making treasured memories with them.
Robert leaves behind to cherish his memory, two daughters: Debbie Eaves and Lisa Scantling and husband Ron all of Waldron, Arkansas. Papa will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren: Jeremy Eaves, Jesse Eaves, Danielle Meyer, Ronnie Scantling and Michael Scantling as well as 11 great grandchildren. Robert is also survived by his mother, Etta Newman of Mansfield, Arkansas and his siblings: Jewell Johnson, Wanda Price, Lowell Newman, and Rickey Newman all of Mansfield, Arkansas. Robert will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted, including a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends dear to him.
Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Willie Jane Newman, his father, Orville Newman, son in law, Steve Eaves and one brother, Bobby Joe Newman.
Robert's graveside life celebration will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Center Point Cemetery in Hon, Arkansas with Rev. Mike Shaddon officiating. Interment will follow. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Robert's pallbearers will be Jeremy Eaves, Jesse Eaves, Logan Chronister, Heath Wright, Michael Scantling and Ronnie Scantling.
Robert's visitation will be Friday, August 4, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home where Robert's family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.