Enid News and Eagle
ABILENE, TX —
Merwin “Newt” Newberry of Abilene, Texas, left his earthly family and went to be with his heavenly Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at his home.
Visitation will be at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A private interment will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, followed by a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Sanctuary, officiated by Dr. Phil Christopher.
Newt was born in Enid, Okla., on Sept. 20, 1930, to Carl and Mozelle Newberry.
He married Carol on Sept. 7, 1980, in Abilene.
Newt graduated from Texas Tech University in 1953, with a bachelor of architecture degree.
After working for several firms in Amarillo, Texas, he moved to Abilene in 1968, and subsequently retired from his own firm of Newberry Roadcap Architects earlier this year. He was instrumental in the design of many unique homes and facilities in both the cities of Amarillo and Abilene. Throughout Newt’s professional career he was blessed to work with many architects, engineers and contractors.
Newt served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean conflict and remained in the U.S. Army Reserves. He retired as a colonel, at which time he received the Legion of Merit award.
Newt was involved in many professional and civic organizations in Abilene, including Abilene Volunteer Weatherization Board, Abilene Philharmonic Association, American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects, West Texas Girl Scout Council, Texas Girl Scouts Legislative Cabinet and others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Mozelle Newberry.
Newt is survived by his loving wife, Carol; sister, Darla McBroom of Friona; sister-in-law, Martha Gafford and husband George; daughter, Tanna Finley and husband Neil of San Antonio; daughter, Rebecca McMurray of Abilene; son, John Howle and wife Deborah of Southlake; and son, Mike Howle and wife Sonja of Boerne. His grandchildren are Kathryn Hoelscher and husband Michael, Lauren Finley, Mallory Finley, Nathaniel Finley, Alexandra McMurray, Haley Howle, Jonathan Howle and Lindsey Kolkman. He also has three great-grandchildren.
The family expresses a special thank you to Hendrick Hospice Care, particularly Jodi; Visiting Angels, particularly Jonathan and Jennifer; and his loving lunch buddies, Dwight, Ray and Bill. Also the family would like to thank Terri for her devoted care and love for Newt during this time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Newt’s name to Rescue the Animals SPCA, 4620 North 1st St., Abilene, TX 79603; The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St., Abilene, TX 79601; and/or Abilene Volunteer Weatherization Program, P.O. Box 6356, Abilene, TX 79608-6356.
Newt will be missed by all who loved him.
To sign the register book, or to offer your memories of Newt to the family, please visit www.HamilFamilyFuneral Home.com.
(Submitted by family)