Remembering a Man with a Vision

James R. “Jim” Newman was a longtime member of the board of trustees of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation. He died at 74 on November 26, 2018. He was living in Marietta and died of bone cancer. He was born on August 31, 1994 in LaGrange to James Gardner and Frankie Fling Newman.

He graduated from La-Grange High School and the University of Georgia and was an executive and lobbyist with Southern Bell and BellSouth for 32 years. Once he retired in 2000 he spent a lot of time with his family and doing volunteer work.

Newman was a dedicated volunteer for many organizations including GPEF, serving several terms on the board he was also part of the Centennial Campaign, which raised more than $1 million for journalism education in the 1980’s.

Some of his other interests included being a former board member of the Atlanta Zoo, the Georgia Agri-business Council, and the Cobb County Center for Children & Young Adults. He was also a former president of Leadership Georgia. Newman at the time of his death was survived by his wife, Lissa Gill Newman; sons Gardner Newman II (LeAnn) of Fredericksburg, Va., Chris Newman (Kim) of McLean, Va., Gus Newman of Arlington, Va., and Luke Newman of Atlanta, Ga.; siblings Nancy Durand (Dan), Pete Newman (Dawn), Ruth Perdue (Phil) and Chunk Newman (Leigh), all of LaGrange, Ga., and Ivy Jones of Greer, S. Carolina; grandchildren Thomas, Ella, Caitlyn, Landry and Will Newman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim is also survived by his first wife, Diane Parker Heydt of Sarasota, Fla., mother of Gardner and Chris.

Leaving behind a legacy of family and volunteering, Newman will be remembered in LaGrange as someone who wanted to do his part in the community and state.


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