Antique Vintage 19

James Ross Newell

April 10, 1938 ~ February 5, 2021 (age 82)


Friday, February 5, 2021, James Ross Newell, our rock, husband, daddy, pawpaw, brother, and uncle moved into his newly finished heavenly home.

James was born in Malakoff, TX to Jim and Lillie Newell.  He was a twelve year graduate of Malakoff ISD, graduating in 1956. 

A mechanic and truck driver by trade he has worked for Marliss Drake where he began his truck driving, Richard Tanner where he learned auto mechanics, Texas Power and Light 20 years, Acme Brick 10 years and he retired from Athens ISD as a mechanic.

He is preceded in death by his parents Jim and Lillie Newell, brother Jimmie Edward Newell, daughter Debra Faye Newell, brother-in-law Reggie Lee Berry, and nephew Reggie Howard Berry, son-in-law Ron Huckabee.

James is survived by his family who is his whole life, his wife of 53 years Fayrene Gandy Newell, children Debi Evans and husband Bill, Beverly Huckabee, Dwayne Newell, adopted son Travis Taylor, sisters Sue Perry, Lou Berry, grandchildren Casey Lewis, Chris Newell, Amanda Newell & husband Luis, Elizabeth Goode and husband Dane, Robert Heath and wife Stephanie, Adam Newell and wife Kellie, Ethan Newell and wife Jordan, James Lee Newell.  Pawpaw’s beautiful legacy continues to live in his great-grandchildren Dakota Lewis, Savanah Lewis, Hannah Glenn, Payton Lambright, Mexia Crockett, Vayden Newell, Venna Newell, Drake Goode, Josylnn Goode, Nathan Newell, Jacob Newell, Bradley Newell, Scarlet Newell, Grayson Newell, Levi Martinez to be born June 2021 and Adalie Newell to be born July 2021, great-great grandchildren Ryleigh Lewis, Jaxson Lewis, niece Rachel McLaughlin, and nephew David Perry.

Pallbearers will be Adam Newell, Ethan Newell, Chris Newell, James Lee Newell, Dakota Lewis, Vayden Newell, Drake Goode, Travis Taylor, Luis Martinez, Joey Webb, and Phillip Leech.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 7, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff, TX.

Service will be Monday, February 8, 2021 at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home at 1:00 PM with Dane Goode officiating.  Interment will follow in Malakoff Cemetery.

I lieu of flowers the family would like memorials sent to Shriner’s Hospital for children which James has passionately supported for years.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Ross Newell, please visit our floral store.


Public Viewing
February 7, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff
403 E Royall Blvd, PO Box 2050
Malakoff, TX 75148

Funeral Service
February 8, 2021

1:00 PM
Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff
403 E Royall Blvd, PO Box 2050
Malakoff, TX 75148

Graveside Service
February 8, 2021

2:00 PM
Malakoff Cemetery


Shriner's Hospital for Children
2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607

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