John William "Bill" Newman, son of Gladys Dismuke and Clyde Jordan Newman, was born January 15, 1925, in Dawson, Georgia. Family membership was at Dawson United Methodist Church. He attended public school in Dawson until the family moved to Albany, Georgia, where he began 7th grade. He graduated from Albany High School. Bill attended the Citadel for a year and a half before joining the Navy. Bill served on four Navy ships: USS Rankin, USS Cambria, USS Botaneau, USS Cleveland - all AKA's (Amphibious Kargo Attack vessels)- in the engineering divisions where landing crafts were maintained. During his nearly four years of service during World War II and the Korean War period, he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy and left at the lieutenant junior grade level. From the Illinois Institute of Technology he earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering; from the University of Georgia, a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering. Bill then returned to Terrell County and farmed diligently and tirelessly. He had a deep appreciation and respect for the Lord's land which he farmed until his death.
During his career he served on the Terrell County Health Board, the Terrell County Forestry Board, the Terrell County Tax Equalization Board, the Terrell County Hospital Authority, and the Terrell County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Committee. He was a Terrell County Soil Conservation Supervisor, a Terrell County Farm Bureau Director, and a Terrell County Commissioner.
Bill served as an elder in the Dawson Presbyterian Church. In his later years he attended the Men's Sunday School Class at Dawson United Methodist Church.
Bill Newman was preceded in death by both parents; his two brothers, Clyde J. Newman, Jr., and Jack R. Newman. Surviving are his wife, Anne; two daughters, Anna N. Jennings and Molly N. McManus (Dan); three grandchildren: Manse Jennings (Miriam), John Jennings, and Haley M. Cochran (Anthony); and a great grandson, Rowan Cochran.
Bill loved God, his family, his friends, his country and his farm. He was a selfless man, greatly loved and admired, and will ever be missed.
A memorial service will be held at the Dawson United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Dr. Donald Fortson will officiate. Instead of flowers the family suggests the following for those considering memorials: Phoebe Hospice, Dawson United Methodist Church, Dawson Presbyterian Church.
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Dawson United Methodist Church
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Dawson Presbyterian Church
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