|Published: 10:05 AM, 10/16/2013
||Last updated: 10:06 AM, 10/16/2013
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
BY GREG MOSESThe Daily Post-Athenian
Athens and Sweetwater businessman and
community steward Gary Newman died Friday at age 64.
The founder of Newman's Mobile Homes,
Inc., Newman was a Sweetwater native who attended Sweetwater High
School and Tennessee Military Institute.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Newman
served two years in Vietnam and Korea and was a Tennessee National
Guard member for four years. He used the GI Bill to attend the
University of Maryland.
After driving a Tom's potato chip and
candy truck for several years, Newman opened his business, Newman's
Mobile Homes, Inc., in 1974. The successful business quickly grew to
serve McMinn, Monroe and Meigs counties.
Newman also owned and operated Lakeview
Resort on Watts Bar Lake. As a developer, he created several real
estate ventures in the area, including Woodridge Estates and Woodland
Estates in McMinn County.
A member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church
in Riceville, Newman was active in the community as a member of
Sweetwater Gold Star V.F.W. Post 5156, the Athens Elks Lodge, AmVets and Sweetwater Jaycees. He also served several years as a member of
the Athens City Council before moving outside of the city limits.
Former Athens mayor and current City
Councilman Bo Perkinson, who was appointed to fill Newman's seat in
February 1996, said Newman's loss is a blow to not only the Athens
community, but all the communities Newman served.
"Gary was someone who was very
interested in the community, someone who believed in the community,"
Perkinson said. "I'm really saddened by Gary's passing."
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