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Thomas Harlow "Tommy" Newberry
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1933
Death: Jun. 1, 2009

A Celebration of the Life of Thomas Harlowe Newberry, Sr., 75, of Arlington, Georgia, will be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June, 5, 2009, at Arlington United Methodist Church followed by internment at Oakgrove Cemetery in Arlington, Georgia, at 7:00 p.m. Pastors Debra Cone and Keith Cowart will officiate. Dr. Laudis H. "Daddy Rick" Lanford and Rev. Bruce Merriman will officiate the committment service at graveside. Pallbearers will be his grandsons: John Spence, John Gaines, Stuart Hathorn, Vic Hathorn, Jay Hathorn and Chase Brooks. Honorary pallbearers will include all members of the Arlington United Methodist Men. A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. in the Tabernacle at Camp Tygart in Ray City, Georgia.

In 1971, Tommy founded Quail Country, Inc. In 1985, the original Quail Country Lodge was transformed into the vibrant ministry of Burning Bush, which Tommy also founded. The Burning Bush came to him in two visions from the Lord. The first was while he was on a mission trip to Mexico in 1980. "What was then a hunting lodge would become a Christian Renewal Center." Further instructions came in 1984. "This is MY place! I will keep it. It will be called Burning Bush…a place where MY people, who are called by MY name, can be called aside…like Moses…to hear from Me, and receive MY instructions." Tommy also served many years with Lifeline Ministries, Inc., a Christian ministry devoted to missions and evangelism both here and in Mexico.

Tommy went to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, June 1, 2009, at Calhoun Memorial Hospital in Arlington. He was born on November 5, 1933, in Arlington, to the late John William and Bernice Johnson Newberry. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1950. Tommy studied a quarter at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College before moving back home and marrying his sweetheart, Ann Craft. Tommy loved sports and spent many years coaching baseball and softball teams. He had a love for all of God's nature. Whether or not he was playing sports, hunting, and fishing or just out in the woods, he was in his favorite spot. And, any day spent on a tractor was a good day!

Tommy had a passion to preach and teach the Gospel. After several years in the Lay Ministry, he entered full-time ministry in 1982 and later graduated from the Candler School of Divinity at Emory University through the Course of Study of Theology in 1992. He served many congregations in several capacities throughout Southwest Georgia as a Methodist minister. Those congregations include: Boston, Barwick, Oak Grove, and Grooverville United Methodist Churches; Forrest Street United Methodist in Valdosta; Sparks United Methodist in Sparks; Evelyn United Methodist in Moultrie; Camp Tygart in Ray City; Ray City United Methodist and Community United Methodist; Edison United Methodist and Vincent United Methodist; West Bainbridge United Methodist; Climax United Methodist; and Cooks Union Methodist. After returning to Arlington in 2000, he devoted the majority of his time to collecting things, spending time with his growing family, tending to Burning Bush Christian Renewal Center, Kairos Ministry, Walk to Emmaus, and the Arlington United Methodist Church where he was an active member.

Tommy's love and devotion to his family was surpassed only by his love for his Lord and Savior. He is survived by many family members including: his beloved wife of 57 years, Ann Craft Newberry; daughters, Debra Newberry Hathorn (Rodney) and Kay Newberry Brooks (Paschal); sons, Thomas Harlowe Newberry, Jr. (Joy) and Mark Gregory Newberry. He is also survived by grandchildren Karie Spence (John), Stuart Hathorn, Vic Hathorn, Jay Hathorn (Ashley), Chase Brooks (Elizabeth), Tiffany Gaines (John) and LeeAnn Brooks. Great-grandchildren include Avery and Grayson Spence.

Brothers and sisters include: Allene and the late Hubert Ely, Bernice and Kenneth Craft, Albert and Judy Newberry, the late Olin and Barbara Newberry, Pat and the late Jon Newberry, the late Carolyn Melvin and Clay and George, Nell and the late Jack Newberry, Wayne and Olive Craft, Melvin and Betty Jean Craft, and Jeanene and the late Grady Shadburn. Tommy is survived by 34 beloved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the
Burning Bush, Thursday, June 4, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The body will lie in state at Burning Bush until time of removal to the celebration service at the Arlington United Methodist Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Burning Bush Ministries, 585 Retreat Road, Arlington, Georgia, 39813. 
 
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 Parents:
  
John William Newberry (1893 - 1950)
  Nancy Bernice Johnson Newberry (1896 - 1982)
 
 Siblings:
  John Olin Newberry (1918 - 2004)*
  Allene Newberry Eley (1922 - 2011)*
  Thomas Harlow Newberry (1933 - 2009)
  Albert Sidney Newberry (1939 - 2013)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Grove Cemetery
Arlington
Calhoun County
Georgia, USA
 
Maintained by: Mark Newberry
Originally Created by: Tim Oliver
Record added: Dec 01, 2012
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Thomas Harlow Tommy Newberry
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Thomas Harlow Tommy Newberry
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Thomas Harlow Tommy Newberry
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