Lois Walton Newman, born December 20, 1925 in Arkansas and peacefully passed away May 30, 2018 in Longview, Texas.
After graduating high school at age 16 and attending East Texas Baptist College in Marshall as a music major, she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree and English. After marrying Ray Franklin Newman in August 1947, they dedicated their lives to the field of education. She earned a Master’s of Education in music from East Texas State University and spent 27 years teaching in East Texas of which 20 years were spent in Harleton where Ray Franklin was Superintendent of Schools. Throughout her career she taught private piano lessons, elementary music, seventh grade, and junior high English.
Lois was very patriotic and loved America. Her husband Ray Franklin Newman served in the Army’s 740th Tank Battalion Daredevil Tankers, brother O.B. Walton served in the Army Air Force, and brother Paty Walton served in the Navy Air Corps all during World War II. She loved supporting all military, as well as firemen and policemen.
Lois was a member of Winterfield Methodist Church where she spent many years as church pianist. She started playing the piano in church at age 12 and played piano or organ until age 82, for 70 consecutive years as church musician. She enjoyed arranging music and playing for many weddings and funerals throughout her life.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Franklin Newman of Harleton, and brothers O. B. and Paty Walton, and sisters Anita Nowell and Loretta Walton. She is survived by her children Fran Scott and husband Clifford and Frankie Newman and wife Patricia; grandchildren Franklin Scott and wife Jessica, Ranita Brown and husband Jason, Kelly Newman, Kasey Newman, and Kristopher Newman; and four great grandchildren. as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation Saturday June 2, 2018 from 11 o'clock in the morning until noon in the Gardern Court of Welch Funeral Home.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family request with gratitude that memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to Heart to Heart Hospice of Longview.