Bessie Mae (Goodman ) Newton

Born: Fri., Mar. 27, 1931
Died: Fri., Jun. 10, 2016


Memorial Service

7:00 PM Fri., Jun. 17, 2016
Location: Seagle Funeral Home


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Bessie Newton, age 85, passed away in her home in Pulaski, surrounded by her loving family on Friday, June 10, 2016. She was a sassy, sweet woman that was a blessing to us all, and she is dearly loved and deeply missed by many.  In her younger years she liked to ride in red wagons, drink, chase men, and break out of and back into jail. In her middle years, she became a respectable ceramics business owner; and in her later years, she developed a love for traveling… primarily to gamble. Along the way, she outlived 3 husbands, birthed seven children, was grandmother to 9, great grandmother to 11 (plus a few we can’t identify), and great-great-grandmother to 2.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Newton of Pulaski, and one grandson, Donald Bennett Brady of Charlotte, NC. She is survived by: Seven children: Brenda (Skip) Brady of Fancy Gap, VA; Roy Lee (Lorraine) “Minton” Rentz of Raleigh, NC; Randall “Minton” Rentz of Myrtle Beach, SC; Ricky Minton of Pulaski, VA; Bradley (Karen Rosario) “Minton” Rentz of Myrtle Beach, SC; Elizabeth (Victor) Mabry of Pulaski, VA; and Larry (Midge) “Minton” Barbrow of Chilhowie, VA; Eight Grandchildren: Karmen Brady, Tanya Lafferty, Lisa Nowells, Rebecca Dempsey, Chuck Rentz, Christopher Barbrow, BJ Barbrow, and Daphne Barbrow Mullins; Eleven known Great-Grandchildren: Courtney Vargo, Jacob Prine, Amelie Palmer, Abigale Brady, Jacob Rentz, Nicholas Tucker, Jaden Barbrow, Tori Barbrow, Gavin Barbrow, Joshua Mullins, and James Mullins; Two Great-Great Grandchildren: Caden Thompson and Ashton Goodling.  A true fan of mystery and thriller style novels, Mrs. Newton has elected to donate her body to the Body Farm at the University of Tennessee for studies in forensic science. She was very pleased to have received an acceptance letter from this university. Consequently, a celebration of her life will be held in preference to a traditional service.  Services to be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 17, 2016 at: Seagle Funeral HomeThe family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made in memoriam to:  Good Samaritan Hospice 2408 Electric Rd. Roanoke, VA 24018  http://www.goodsamhospice.org/  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.

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Shelby Wilson
   Posted Fri June 17, 2016
As the family says good bye to another one of its anchors we remember all of the great comforts family share. We will miss you Bessie but cherish all of the good memories you helped create. Libby let your wonderful sense of humor carry you through. Rick keep your casual comfortable demeanor and look for tomorrow, Brenda slow down and don't let tomorrow steal your todays. Thinking about all of you and hoping that each of you find peace as you adjust to the new rhythm of life.


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