Lloyd Kelland Newman, Sr., 89, of West Palm Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully in Palm Beach Gardens Hospital on Sept. 18, 2016.
He had been hospitalized since July 5 and fought hard to overcome the many unexpected obstacles and complications. He was determined to do rehab and walk again, but it was not to be. In his final days, he told his family he was ready to go home, and he knew he would be reuniting with the many beloved family members who had gone before him.
He was born in Wayne County, N.C. on April 18, 1927 to Fred Van Newman and Julia Bessent Newman. At the age of eighteen months, he lost his mother so he never knew her. But his father remarried so he was blessed with a very large family of loving brothers and sisters.
He began his career by serving his country in the U.S. Navy after which he attended Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, N.C. It was there that he met and married Nell Mosely Bateman, who was the mother of their four children – Luke, Charlotte, Julia and Harry. Sadly, Nell passed away unexpectedly on April 20, 1969. Then on March 10, 2009 he lost his son Lloyd K. (Luke) Newman Jr. Lloyd was 81 at the time of Luke’s death and he never seemed to get over it. His children were his pride and joy.
In 1950, after he and Nell were married, they relocated to Portsmouth, Va. and then to Norfolk. After moving to this area, he began his career in the building supply business, working for the Construction Supply Co. Then in 1962, he bought Greenwich Supply Co., which was a small mom- and-pop-owned hardware store, located on Princess Anne Road. He built it into a multi-million dollar supply business and eventually constructed a much larger warehouse facility on Arrowhead Drive, located right behind the original building.
He was well known in the building supply industry and had a rock solid reputation. That is something you cannot buy. It must be earned by working hard and honoring your promises. He was assertive, had a strong work ethic and a keen instinct on how to run a successful and profitable business. He was tough but warm-hearted and fair to his employees. They all respected and admired him. After running the business “hands on” for decades, he retired to West Palm Beach about 16 years ago. Although he never fully retired, as he continued to work on small development and building projects from Florida.
In 1988, he met and fell in love with Carmen Aviles Newton. They were married on June 19, 1992 in Santa Clara, Calif.. Carmen had a profound influence on his faith and charitable work going forward. She was instrumental in having him baptized as a Catholic and she encouraged him to get involved with helping the needy in Nicaragua, where she was born. Together, the two of them solicited used medical equipment and medical supplies from Sentara, with the help of Bob Souter and through Operation Smile. Over the course of a few years, they shipped five 20,000-ton containers to hospitals in Nicaragua.
Lloyd was also a living related kidney donor to his son Luke and he spent nine years helping raise thousands of dollars for the National Kidney Foundation. He also donated a home in Norfolk for the care of foster children.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Carmen A. Newman; his daughter, Charlotte N. Hauck and her husband, Donald of Virginia Beach, daughter, Julia N. Shubert of Virginia Beach, son, Harry B. Newman, Sr. of West Palm Beach, daughter-in-law, Jolyn T. Newman of Norfolk; stepsons Charles W. Newton of California and Isaac E. Newton and his wife Patsy of California; grandchildren Carl E. Shubert Jr. and his wife Emily, Virginia Beach, Mark B. Shubert of Richmond, Beverly Chung and her husband Paul, West Palm Beach, Harry B. Newman Jr. of Virginia Beach, Robert Newman of West Palm Beach, Lloyd K. (Kelly) Newman III of Raleigh, Matthew T. Newman of Norfolk, Nell B. Hauck of Virginia Beach and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind five siblings, Charles Newman, Jack Newman, James Newman, Judy Eaves Button, Betty Carlucci and Marcia Newman Martin.
He was also predeceased by his parents Fred and Julia Newman; step-mother Annabelle Newman; brothers Fred Newman, Miller Harold Newman, Robert Newman, William Newman, Eugene Newman; sisters Helen Land, Marjorie Beacham, Linda McCloud and Christine LeDoyen.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 at the H.D.Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road Chapel, 2002 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach, 23454.
Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com and memorial donations may be made to the American Nicaraguan Foundation at www.anfnicaragua.org or the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.
His family thanks the many friends and relatives who called and sent cards of encouragement during these last two difficult months. He was special and unique. He was a loving husband, father and brother. He was a father figure to his siblings and maintained many close friendships for decades. He will be missed forever.