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Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2001

Jesse C. Newman Sr.

August 2, 2001

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Services for Jesse C. Newman Sr., 88, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ninth Street Baptist Church, Lawrence. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in North Lawrence.

He died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at his home.

He was born Dec. 2, 1912, on a farm near McLouth, the son of Verner M. and Nancy Jane (Smith) Newman.

Mr. Newman lettered as a basketball player on the "Promoters," an all-black basketball team at Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence.

Mr. Newman worked for many years as a clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad in Lawrence. He was the first black to hold that position for the Union Pacific west of the Mississippi River. He later worked as a custodian for First National Bank in Lawrence until retiring in 1977. He also held other custodial jobs and worked with the family plastering business.

He was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church and had served as trustee ministry chairman. He also was a member and past master of Western Masonic Lodge No. 1, Lawrence; a 32nd degree mason with Orient Consistory No. 19 in Kansas City, Kan.; a lifetime member of the board of directors of the Watkins Community Museum of History; and a member of the Jayhawk Area Senior Citizens' Council board of directors.

He married Evelyn Maxine (Kizer) Newman on Aug. 20, 1940, in Lawrence. She survives of Lawrence.

Other survivors include two sons, Jesse Jr., Lawrence, and Kenneth, Pomona; a brother, Leslie, Topeka; two sisters, Rose Noches, Topeka, and Margaret Hill, Lawrence; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary, conducted by Western Masonic Lodge No. 1 of Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials to Ninth Street Baptist Church, and they may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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