Cleadis Dalton Newman

Monday, January 8, 2018

A celebration of life was held for Cleadis Dalton Newman, 76, on Friday, October 20, 2017, in Houston, Tex. He got his angel wings on October 9, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Rev. Bill Cole, Sagemont Church, officiated and sang “Amazing Grace” and “I Will Rise.” The eulogy was given by his oldest daughter; his four siblings each shared a fond memory of their brother; and Mr. Art Jackson, Senior Director, at Houston Metro Lift gave an entertaining description of his relationship with Cleadis at work and the fun times they shared outside of work.

Cleadis Dalton Newman was born on October 15, 1940, in Dunklin County, Mo., the son of the late Cleadis Benson Newman and the late Dorothy (Dalton) Newman. He was the second of six children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Eva Jean, who died in infancy.

The Newman family moved to Clay County in 1948, and “Dalton” (as he was known to his friends and classmates) graduated from Rector, Ark., Public Schools in 1958 and studied at Drury (College) University in Springfield, Mo. Cleadis Dalton Newman proudly served in the Arkansas National Guard and had a tremendous career that spanned more than 55 years, ranging from small business owner, supervisor at General Motors, Vice President at American Foods, and Vice President for Greater Houston Transportation and others. He retired in 2011 after being called back to work four times, because he was known as a great mentor.

Cleadis Dalton Newman is survived by his beloved wife, Jody Newman of Pearland, Tex.; two daughters, Melissa Kaye (Newman) Mace of St. Louis, Mo. and Pamela Diane (Newman) Harris and husband Chad of Rogers, Ark.; one granddaughter, Rachel Kaylen Mace of Springfield, Mo.; three sisters, Linda Smiley and husband Charles of North Augusta, S.C., Betty Carter of North Augusta, S.C., Ellen Cook and husband, Chuck, of McCormick, S.C.; one brother, Jerry Newman and wife Malea of Elk City, Okla.; one uncle, Clifford Newman of Mountain Home, Ark.; two aunts, Laura Hancock of Deltona, Fla. and Rose Kayser of Granite City, Ill.; two nephews; six nieces; eight great-nephews; seven great-nieces; one great-great-niece; 35 cousins, and a host of friends from all over the world.

Cleadis lived an epic life filled with love, and he enjoyed every minute of it. He shared a home with his wife of 19 years, Jody Newman, in Pearland, Tex. He was fiercely proud of his two daughters and his granddaughter. Cleadis loved to play golf with Jody (he taught her, and her golf handicap matched his), was a member of the Pearland Golf Club of County Place and a proud member of the Countrymen golf group. He will be missed by many but none more so than Jody, “I Love You Today.”

C.D. Newman