Reader Remembers FriendFeb 17th, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Letters To The Editor
This past Friday, my husband and I attended the funeral service for someone we both love; not only as a friend, but more like a brother, Keith W. Newman.
We enjoyed listening to his brother Claude speak of his life as a man who “Walked the Walk” and was a true soldier. We really enjoyed the musicians performing with a touch of bluegrass twang, and the sermon as well. However, had we been two strangers looking in, we would have thought his life ended 12 years ago when in fact it was very much alive.
Compelled to share some of his life that wasn’t mentioned at his service, I write this knowing he looks down on me and smiles peacefully.
Keith and Franny have been in our lives for more than a decade and they have been considered family in our home. They were to be married March 12th on our riverfront property. As her Matron of Honor, I had already taken her and her bridesmaids dress shopping. My husband had created the future altar and isle all the way to the water so they could exchange vows on the river they both loved. My mother had already custom made her wedding garter to match all our dresses.
All these things were done because Keith Newman asked Frances Butler to be his partner for life and take his last name, after spending 11 years with her.
He raised her three children, Ronnie, Christopher and Victoria with heart and soul. His love for them was undying. As with all teens, he dealt with them, but as they grew into young adults, they each became completely respectful as they looked to Keith as a father. They all greive for their loss and they will never be the same without him.
Keith and Franny trucked and motorcycled together, and have had many great trips to Mardi Gras, and other festivals of that sort.
His unmentioned partners on the road, Billy and Micky Pridgeon, were his family as well and Keith would’ve wanted that to be acknowledged.
In conclusion, I say to Keith from the heart, “Farewell my brother; you will be missed forever, as you were the best of all of us.”
Kimberly Ann Angel
Memo: There will be a future memorial for Keith at our home on our riverbank. All who knew and loved Keith are invited.