Garland Gene Newman

  • Born: August 26, 1934
  • Died: August 21, 2021
  • Location: Richardson, Texas

Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2343 Lake Rd.
Lavon, TX 75166

Tribute & Message From The Family

Garland Gene Newman was born August 26, 1934 in Greenville, TX to W.T. Newman and Argaree Laverne Foote. Garland passed away peacefully on August 21, 2021 at the age of 86.

Garland was the eldest of four and grew up farming and picking cotton in the Greenville / Campbell area. He graduated from Savoy High School in 1952. He enlisted in the United States Airforce serving our county from 1955 to 1958 and served in the Reserves until 1963.

He married Margaret (Peggy) Victor in 1962 in Virginia City, NV. They were married for 57 years until Peggy's death in January 2020.

He was the first in his family to get his Bachelor's Degree. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Fresno while working a full-time with a family of 2 daughters in 1974.

Garland and family moved from Fresno, CA to Garland, TX in 1983.

Garland loved life. He was a pilot, racecar driver, sailor, coach, salesman, volunteer, and HAMM radio operator.

Garland was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Garland is survived by his daughter Kimber Rovito and son-in-law Rick Rovito; daughter Karen Newman and daughter-in-law Linda Jackson; grandson Nicholas Rovito; brother Charles Newman; sister Betty Mann; sister Nelda McAnally; six brothers-and-sisters-in-law; twelve nieces and nephews; fourteen great nieces and nephews; four great-great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception immediately after at Charles W. Smith and Sons Lavon-Chapel.
Interment to follow at Millwood Cemetery in Lavon, TX.

The memorial service is open to all family and friends. Everyone will be asked to wear a mask during the service and reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in the memory of Garland Newman to the GARLAND AMATEUR RADIO CLUB; 1027-B, AUSTIN STREET, GARLAND, TX 75040


Condolence & Memory Journal

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Fidelium animae, per misericordiam Dei, requiescat in pace. ~ Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light surround him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

73, my friend, until we meet again.

Posted by Megan McGowan, KF9AS - Dallas, TX - friend   December 15, 2021

You will be missed my friend. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Perry Nettles - Friend   September 04, 2021

Two years ago, I met Garland while attending the Garland Amateur Radio Club's class for beginners. His wonderful humor and terrific, positive, attitude immeasurably impressed me. May God give his relatives and friends comfort and peace during their bereavement, and may Garland's soul rest in peace with our Lord.

Posted by Randy Durham - Dallas, TX - Acquaintance   September 01, 2021

You will be missed friend.

Posted by KATHY & JOHN ABBOTT - GARLAND, TX - Friend   September 01, 2021

I got to know Garland especially well while driving him back and forth from dialysis. I always took the more scene route, and we would discuss the landscaping, how his family was doing, and all of his hobbies and passions. I was one of the first people he confided in when he learned that Peggy was dying and when she passed. He always had a joke to share and a great book to recommend--I'm actually reading one of his favorites right now. He was eager to get to know people and loved a good hand of poker, leading our poker club at The Monarch. I miss him terribly, but I'm glad to know that he is no longer in pain, no longer missing Peggy. He was a very good friend, and I celebrate his life.

Posted by Carli Koontz - Richardson, TX - Friend   August 26, 2021


I am so very sorry to hear of Garland's passing. He is already missed by a great many of his friends at the GARC. Blessings to you especially at this difficult time.

Posted by Chuck Dennis - Garland, TX - Friend   August 25, 2021

Distance kept us from knowing each other better as cousins often do but Garland's responses to Facebook posts were similar to my reactions. Had we lived closer I am certain we would have been good friends.

Posted by Larry Foote - Everett, WA - Family   August 25, 2021