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Mr. Newby Sr.
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JAMES: William Olvin Newby Sr., 91, of Newby Lane, went home to be with his Lord on May 27, 2013, after an extended illness. Visitation is being held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Bridges Funeral Home in Gray. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, at Elam Baptist Church in Gray. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Born in Wrens on Oct. 22, 1921, Mr. Newby was the son of Clyde Raymond Newby and Carnie Reese Newby. He grew up on the family farm, “The Bunkhouse,” in Harlem, and in 1941, enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the European theater during World War II. Discharged in 1945, he returned to Augusta, where he met and married Grace W. Simpson in 1946. In the 1950s, he was co-owner of Newby Brother’s Garage and owned and operated a shrimp boat in Hialeah, Fla. He moved his family to James in the early 1960s and worked as a superintendent for Etheridge Brother’s Construction Company and Warren Associates until his retirement in 1984. Following his retirement, Mr. Newby traveled the country with his “bride,” enjoyed gardening, driving his 1950 Ford truck, fishing, and was ever devoted to his family and loved spending time at “The Bunkhouse.” Until his illness, he was an active member of Elam Baptist Church, where he loved to share his testimony, served as a deacon, participated in Sunday School, the Elam Prime Timers, and oversaw the construction of Elam’s Family Life Center. Mr. Newby was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Grace Simpson Newby; a great-grandson, Joseph Scott Crosby; brothers, T.E. Newby and James Reese Newby; and by a sister, Sarah Newby Callaway.

Mr. Newby is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Cathy Newby of James, and his daughter and son-in-law, Donna Sue and Joe Letterman of Asheville, N.C.; four grandchildren and spouse, Tammy Newby Crosby of Baldwin, W. Aubrey and Jennifer Newby of James, Bryan Letterman of Asheville, N.C., and Travis Letterman of Boone, N.C.; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Lois Newby McGahee of Harlem and Clara Newby and Jay Sharpton of Evans; a brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Barbara Newby of Augusta; a sister-in-law, Frances A. Newby of Herndon, Va.; and by a multitude of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Elam Baptist Church Building Fund, 203 Elam Church Road, Gray, GA 31032.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Bill and Cathy Newby at 153 James Road in Gray.

Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray has charge of arrangements. Please visit the online memorial at www.bridgesfh.com.
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