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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
Harry Newman

Harry Edgar "Sonny" Newman Jr.

Tuesday, April 2nd, 1940 - Sunday, January 10th, 2021
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Harry (Sonny) Newman, Jr, 80, of Athens, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Dominion Senior Living.
He was a native of Etowah, TN and a resident of Athens, TN, he was the son of the late Harry E. and Ruby Newman. He was also preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth " Betty" Hampton Newman.
He was a longtime member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church of Athens. He was a 1960 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and retired teacher from McMinn County School System where he devoted most of his adult life to educate and often referred to teachingt as his hobby in life. He loved University of Tennessee sports but his passion was helping young students with Math and to educate in every way possible. While his teachings will forever be treasured, his contributions to the lives of numerous students can't be measured as well as his tender loving kindness to all his family and those he came in contact with.
He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Bob Harrison of Athens, TN; one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Lisa Newman of Maryville TN, grandchildren, Shane Webb, Zakary Harrison both of Athens, Landon Newman of Cleveland, TN and Molly Newman of Cookeville,TN; sister and brother-in-law Charlene and Gene Reynolds of Louisville, TN; sister, Brenda Curtis of Columbus, OH; sister-in-law, Phyllis Downing of Ocean Grove, NJ; and sister-in-law, Carol Connelly of Belvidere, NJ.
Burial will be private for the family. There will be no formal service or visitation.
The family would like to thank the Loving and Caring Staff of Dominion Senior Living of Athens.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Athens, TN 37371-0001.
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    McMinn Memory Gardens
    Old Etowah Road
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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Gene Daves

Posted at 06:10pm
Remember growing to high school with "Sonny" a great friend. Will miss him.

Darla Laudermilk Hilliard

Posted at 01:56pm
Many fond memories of our good neighbors, the Newman’s. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted at 02:10pm
Debbie and Scott, I have so many fond memories of Sonny and Betty. They were two very special friends and it was an honor to know them. Sending love and prayers as you deal with the loss of a special man.

Helen Mullins

Posted at 11:02pm
My loving condolences go to Debbie and Scottie and children and grand children. I remember Sonny's laugh, and I loved seeing Sonny and his wife together. You could just see the love between the two of them - so glad they are both now reunited in Heaven. I especially enjoyed seeing them dancing together at one of the weddings I went to, I believe it was Sally Cole's marriage. I don't believe I ever saw Sonny without that big smile on his face, he definitely loved life. Sonny, you will be missed!

Alice Gilreath

Posted at 08:35pm
Debbie & Newman Family; So sorry to hear that Sonny had passed away. He, and Betty, were such wonderful people! We enjoyed getting to know them at Keith Church. They were always smiling and happy. Praying for God's comfort for you all during this difficult time.

Mark and Alice Gilreath

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