October 28, 1932 - February 21, 2019
LEON JAMES NEWMAN Born October 28, 1932 and died of leukemia on February 21, 2019. He was married to his wife Patsy Ray for almost 61 years, who survives him along with his two children, Leon Jay Newman of Dallas and his wife Janna, and Patti Newman Johnston of Arkadelphia and her husband, Sidney. Also surviving are his three grandchildren Emily Davis, Jordan Newman and Jack Newman. In July 2018, Sydney Katherine Davis, his first great-grandchild, was born. Leon was a 1953 graduate of Mineral Springs, Arkansas High School and was named the first All-State football player from that school. Upon graduating high school, he joined the United States Army during the Korean War, serving from 1953 to 1955 and was honorably discharged. He was stationed in Baden Baden, American sector, West Germany and was part of a network of soldiers used to courier documents to other American bases in post-WWII Europe. He played catcher on the base’s baseball team that won the championship of western Europe’s American service bases. In the late 1950s and early ‘60s he coached Pee Wee football in Fort Worth, ultimately winning the Pee Wee city league. After moving to Foreman, Arkansas, he volunteered for the Little League baseball program. During the early 1970s, he served as Scout Leader of Troop 50 of Boy Scouts of America for five years. He was active in the local Kiwanis Club during this time and twice served as president of the club. For more than 25 years, Leon Newman served as chairman of the administrative board of the First United Methodist Church of Foreman. He was one of two key individuals who worked tirelessly for two years to raise funds to design and construct a new church building that was completed in 1976. It is this church where funeral services will be held on Monday. He served on the Foreman Public Schools’ board of education for twelve years, many of those years as board chairman. He served as Foreman City councilman for four years. Beginning in June 1964, Leon began working for Foreman’s Piggly Wiggly supermarket (now Young’s Thriftway) and worked there until retiring in 1997. During his years of retirement, he became an avid gardener and took great pride in the many varieties of vegetables and fruits that he and Patsy eagerly shared with everyone. The viewing and family reception will be Sunday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Madden Chapel in Foreman. Funeral services will be Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Foreman and handled by Madden Funeral Home. Burial services will be held at Bingen-Ozan Cemetery in Nashville, Arkansas at approximately 4:00 p.m.
LEON JAMES NEWMAN Born October 28, 1932 and died of leukemia on February 21, 2019. He was married to his wife Patsy Ray for almost 61 years, who survives him along with his two children, Leon Jay Newman of Dallas and his wife Janna, and Patti... View Obituary & Service Information
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LEON JAMES NEWMAN
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