Services for Charlie Royce Newell 88 will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Durant, Oklahoma at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Rev Darel Buch & Skip Robinson will Officiate.
Family hour will be Monday, November 30 ,2009 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.at the Coffey ~ Murray Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jim Smith, Scott Smith, Jason Smith, Brian Burchfield , Mike Edmonds, Kenny Potter and serving as honorary pallbearers are Don Herron, Thomas Phipps, Vernon Armstrong, and Glendell Rushing.
Charlie Royce Newell was born on December 3 1920 in Greyland, Texas to Charlie Elmer and Audrey Tilton (Claterbaugh) Newell. He went home to be his Lord on Saturday, November 28, 2009 in Durant, Oklahoma at the age of 88 years, 11 months and 25 days Dad loved to study his Bible. He said he never picked it up without finding something new that spoke to him, and that it was always revealing new things to him. He enjoyed taking trips with Elba and the senior group from church to Branson, Missouri. For years he enjoyed riding on his motorcycle. He was a very affectionate and sentimental man, and easily cried at a sad movie or love story. He loved people of all ages, both young and old, and it gave him great joy to see the young people in his church grow to maturity in their Christian lives. He was always ready to take on opponents in a game of dominoes, and enjoyed hanging out with his coffee buddies at MacDonalds and the hospital cafeteria. Dad loved singing in the choir, and singing solos every chance he got. And he liked to express himself by writing poetry. Royce owned and operated Newell Furniture from which he had retired. Royce graduated from Matoy High School and was Valedictorian of his senior class. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church for most of his life. He is survived by his daughters Charla Jean of Hayward, California, Sharon K. Becerra of McKinney, Texas, Royceann Smith and husband Jim of Grapevine,Texas Cathy S. McKnight of Arlington, Texas. Sisters Bonnie Butler and husband Gene of Durant,Oklahoma Step-son Stacy Starnes and wife Lee Ann of Denison, Texas. Step-daughters Rachel Starnes of Calera, Oklahoma, Diane Kriner and husband Don of Allen, Texas
16 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Newell was preceded in death by his Parents, Elmer and Audrey Newell; Mother of his Children. Betty Newell; Wife, Elba Newell; Sister, Willie Mae Lambert.