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James William Newman Sr.
December 10, 1945-March 2, 2022

James William Newman Sr., 76, of Claremont passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

He was born December 10, 1945 in Buncombe County to the late James Carson Newman and Gladys Alene Whitaker Newman.  James enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and working on lawn mowers.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Newman; son, Shane Walton; daughter, Della Walton; grandsons, Donovan Walton and Jake Morgan; brother, Mike Newman; and sister, Sandra Brady.

Those left to cherish his memory are

Sons: Tim Newman and wife Shelley of Catawba, James Newman Jr. and wife Karen of Virginia Beach

 Daughters: Deana Sigmon and husband Jerry of Claremont, Loretta Morgan and husband Jason of Conover, Cindy Gilmore and husband Benji of Statesville

Twin Brother: Joe Newman of Asheville

Sisters: Lynn Waldrup and husband Woody of Fairview, Glenda Nesbitt of Fairview, Shirley Lollis and husband Bob of Asheville

 Grandchildren: Jamin Sigmon, Kristin Sigmon, Truman Walton, Redgie Miller, Alex McNeely, Rachael Newman, Shelbey Weddington, Hunter Jones, and Rion Morgan.

 Great-Grandchildren: Brantley Miller, Dawson Weddington, and Kamdon Blake

A service to celebrate James’ life will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of Bennett Funeral Service. Rev. Larry Moore will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Oxford Baptist Church in Conover. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. at Bennett Funeral Service. Those serving as pallbearers are; Shawn Moser, Bruce Helms, Redgie Miller, Jamin Sigmon, Stephen Keller, and Jerry Sigmon.

Memorials may be made to Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, P.O. Box 31, Newton, NC 28658.

Condolences may be sent to the Newman family at

The Newman family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111.

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