Melvin Newman

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After seeing a glimpse of heaven and of loved ones, Jesse Melvin Newman walked over to Glory’s side on August 11, 2017. Even in his greatest physical weakness, he had the heart and will of a mighty warrior. The love of God, family, and neighbor were instilled in him by his mother and father and in turn, became etched into the hearts of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. From his love of country and duty, he served as a young sailor in the United States Navy on destroyer ships in the Pacific. From his German agrarian culture, he learned a love for the land made by the Good Lord and spent a lifetime cultivating the soil. But even greater, he spent his life cultivating human souls simply from his love and concern for his fellow human being, regardless of race, color, or creed. He led his family by the example of Christlike characteristics: he visited the sick and the needy in their respective places bringing them much encouragement and hope, and he loved his beloved wife, as Christ loves the Church. He understood his imperfect human condition, but taught his family to rely on the loving forgiveness of God. He will be enormously missed by his endearing family and a host of friends beyond what mere words can portray. He now joins his lovely soulmate, Edna Wilkins Newman, who made her eternal journey to Glory on May 4, 2012.
He leaves behind his beloved family of four children: Diane Garcia; Sandy Smith and husband, James; Jerry Newman and wife, Cozelle; and Gale Richardson and husband, Jerry. Twelve adoring grandchildren: Stephanie Granberry and husband, Tim; Stephen Smith and wife, Krissi; Gregory Richardson and wife, Laura; Shawn Smith and wife, Laura; Danny Garcia and wife, Kristen; Paul Garcia and wife, Heather; Shannon Newman; Ryan Richardson and wife, Ivette; Candace Reeves and husband, David; Blaine Newman; Sagely Dill and husband, Ryan; and Lance England. Twenty-eight loving great-grandchildren: Isaac, Rylan, Jude, Liam, Allie, Grant, Brooke, Bryson, Mallory, Brandon, Rachel, Jackson, Keegon, Klayton, Maecee Rae, Roman, Athanasius, Cyprian, Ignatius, Edith, Edmund, Emma, Cooper, Milo, Autumn, Mercy, Josias, and another heirloom on the way in October, Jesse Ryker.
Our father’s legacy will continue to impact and influence the lives of his family and for those he touched for generations to come; for all who come behind him will find him faithful.


In lieu of flowers, his family suggest memorial contributions be given to the Bacon Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 5110 54th St, Lubbock, TX 79414.


12 thoughts on “Melvin Newman”

  1. My heart and prayer goes out to the Newman family. I remember our time at Lakeview church. Best memories ever. God bless and comfort you during this time. Peggy Bruton

  2. Lisa Hale Corbell

    Dear Newman family ~ I have wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad. Our time getting to know your sweet family was over 40 years ago in Denver City. But my family and I talk about those times at FBC so fondly and all the families that we have got to love on and be loved. Your was at the top of the list. Love you guys!

  3. Sandy Smith, may God’s comfort be with you and your family. There is not a doubt about the relationship your dad had with Jesus Christ. Such a great tribute to who Melvin Newman was to his family and his fellow man. God bless you!

  4. Lonny and Candy Carroll

    Our love and prayers are with the Newman family. Melvin was always ready to greet us with a hug every time we met at Bacon Heights Baptist Church. His presence will be greatly missed! A great friend and mentor. Lonny and Candy Carroll

  5. A very precious man that I came in contact while helping him at the bank…. I always enjoyed his sweet smile, and his kindness!!
    I will truly miss him, and will always remember how much he touched my life! Prayers and love to his family… Pam Campbell

  6. Sharon Snider Peevy

    Sympathy & prayers for the family. My Dad & Melvin were farm buddies through out th years. I’ll always remember him best in the church choir in DC.

  7. Sonya Armontrout Cornett

    So very sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful man. May God comfort you all in this time of need!????????????????????????

  8. Dennis and Melba Crutcher

    We are so sad to miss our dear friend’s memorial service today, as we are in California with grandkids making memories. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and praying God”s great comfort. And knowing we will all see our sweet Melvin again in Glory!

  9. I am so saddened by the passing of my dear friend, Melvin. He was such an inspiration and encouragement after the passing of Jimmy. He would call regularly to ask how I was doing. I miss our getting together for a hamburger when he was in Denver City. Please know I continue to lift your family up in my prayers and please accept my sincere condolences.

  10. I am so sad to hear about Melvin, he and Edna both were a great part of my life growing up in Denver City FBC! One of my fondest memories is Melvin’s fantastic handshake every Sunday while hollering “hey Catfish!” I tried my best to outdo his handshake all the way through my high school years, and never came close. He will be greatly missed, I loved the Newman’s dearly. Our sincerest condolences from the Lloyd and Jimmie Steele Family

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