Harry C. Niewald, Sr.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Harry C. Niewald, Sr.

Former Clay County Judge, Harry C Niewald, Sr., passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Piggott Community Hospital, Piggott, Ark. He was 92 years old.

He was the eldest son born to August and Florence Niewald of Owensville, Mo. On July 14, 1950, he married Audia J. Boyd, and to this union one son was born, Harry C Niewald, Jr.

Harry originally moved to Clay County to help start the Brown Shoe Company. Upon his marriage to Audia, he also worked on the family farm. Upon purchasing the land, Harry added pigs to the family business. He built a state-of-the-art building to house his Landrace and Duroc pigs. At one time he was the largest hog farmer with 500 head.

He served as a member of the Clay County Quorum Court, Clay County Judge for eight years, and spent two years with the Clay County Road Department until his retirement.

Harry was a member of First Baptist Church in Piggott and the Clay County Democratic Central Committee. He was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star Masonic Lodge #207, becoming a Master Mason on May 1, 1953. He served in World War II as a member of the Army.

On May 27, 2005, he married Annie Craft of Powe, Mo.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Herbert Niewald; his first wife, Audia J. (Boyd) Niewald; his only child, Harry C Niewald, Jr.; and grandson-in-law, Michael Stump.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Niewald of Dexter, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Margie Niewald of Piggott, Ark.; stepdaughter, Annetta (Dick) McKuin of Dexter, Mo.; stepson, Roy (Loretta) Craft of Bernie, Mo.; stepson, Johnny (Jean) Craft of New Prague, Minn.; grandchildren, Julie Niewald Stump of Rector, Ark., Teri Lynn Niewald of Piggott, Ark., Harry C Niewald, III (Dannielle) of Naples, Italy, Brandi Craft, Megan Craft, Joshua Craft, Jason Craft, Ashley Maddox, Ariel Craft, Allison Craft and Alyssa Craft; great-grandchildren, Jacob A. Niewald Stump, Michael Stump, Jr. (MJ), Makayla Stump, Emberleigh Clenney, Kayleen Clenney, Harry C Niewald IV (Quade), and Adelaide Mae (Addie) Niewald; two brothers, Ervin (Betty) Niewald of New Haven, Mo. and Raymond (Gladys) Niewald of Bland, Mo.; sister-in-law, Virginia Niewald of Arnold, Mo.; and many other relatives, family, and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott, with a Masonic Service beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at First Baptist Church of Piggott, with Bro. Rondal Richardson officiating. Burial will be held in Gravel Hill Cemetery near St. Francis, Ark. Pallbearers are John Brawner, Keith Woolverton, Dr. Larry Winberry, Ed Winberry, Frank Staples, and Robert Jett. Honorary pallbearers are Otis McFarlin, Ed McFarlin, Dennis Burscell, Vivan Reed, Tommy Hardcastle, Bill Gookin and Donnie Hardin.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Piggott First Baptist Church Building Fund, the Children’s Home or Team Harry Jr. for the Walk to End Alzheimers.