Wendell “Dusty” Newman passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, surrounded by those who loved him most.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Margaret Burnette Newman; daughter, Janet Alisa Newman; parents, Horace Ruel and Lula Kelley Newman; brothers: Reethel, Jack, Kenneth, J.L., Alfred, H.L.,Thomas and Floyd; and sisters: Barbara Franks and Patsy Manning.
He is survived by his daughter, Anita and husband, Ernie Droke; beloved grandchildren: Taylor and wife, Chelsea, Ryan, and Abby Droke; brother-in-law, Wayne Mull and his daughter, Kellye; sister-in-law, Elaine Ward and her son, David; sister-in-law, Evelyn Scroggins; and many nieces and nephews.
A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he served as a communications specialist and CBR warfare instructor in a guided missile group at Fort Bliss, Texas, and at White Sands Proving Ground at Alamogordo, N.M., where he became lifelong friends with Sam Capps and Lamar Oldham.
He was a past Worshipful Master of Reliance Lodge No. 636 of the Free & Accepted Masons, and a deacon and member of Coghill Baptist Church.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah, with the Rev. Joe Hatcher officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service. Interment will follow the service to Green Hill Cemetery.
Ernie, Taylor, and Ryan Droke, Steve and Marvin Newman, and David Ward will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Coghill Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Friends of the Etowah Carnegie Library in Memoriam of "Dusty," where he was a frequent patron.
If you are unable to attend, you may sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com.
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