Helen Compton Newman

July 16, 1927June 8, 2018

Helen Compton Newman passed away peacefully on June 8, 2018. Born on July 16, 1927 in Salisbury, NC, she was the only child of Sarah Helen Trexler and James Wesley Compton.

Educated in the city schools, Helen was a graduate of Boyden High School in Salisbury. She attended Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. At the end of World War II, she transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her BA in 1948. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

Helen was married January 20, 1951 to Wallace Brown Newman of Charlotte. Surviving are their three children: daughter, Betsy Brabson (Bill) of Georgetown, SC; sons, Wallace Newman, Jr. (Jo) and Compie Newman (Catherine) of Charlotte; and grandchildren, Wylie and Tyler Brabson, Harrison and John Newman. She is also survived by dear cousins and friends. Helen’s husband predeceased her on November 14, 2000, two months before they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

She was a member of the Charlotte Junior League, Myers Park United Methodist Church and active in the community. Always interested in real estate, Helen obtained her license and was associated with H. Y. Dunaway Co. for 12 years. After several years at Percival, she established Helen Newman Realtors and completed a successful, 25-year career. Helen enjoyed her family and friends and appreciated all of the happiness and joy they brought to her life. Her ability to connect with people and establish deep relationships was a special quality. Helen particularly enjoyed Sunday afternoon tennis and many wonderful summer family vacations at the “3 G’s” in Windy Hill Beach, SC.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 14 at Myers Park United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, from 5:00–7:00 pm at the home of Catherine and Compie Newman – 3912 Silver Bell Drive.

The family will be forever grateful for the wonderful care provided by The Cypress and Stewart Health Center and the dedication and personal care provided by Karen Goins.

Memorials may be directed to Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Box 6161, Charlotte, NC 28207; The Cypress of Charlotte Employee Appreciation Fund, 6920 Marching Duck Dr., Charlotte, NC 28210; or to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 14, 2018

Helen Compton Newman

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Glenna Gallagher

June 16, 2018

Betsy, Compie, and Bubbie,

Our thoughts and prayers have been with you during this difficult time. Helen was a kind, thoughtful, beautiful lady, and I always looked forward to sharing time with her! Her personality lit up the room, and she could make anyone laugh and smile. It was always refreshing to feel like we could pick up on our last conversation, as if no time had ever passed by. She will be missed, and gratefully is now in a much better place with family and friends.

With all of our love and heartfelt support,
Glenna, Jared, Allie and Ryan

Brennan Specia

June 12, 2018

Sending my love to Betsy, Wallace Jr, and Compie. I will always treasure memories of Helen - her kind and encouraging smile and words to me as a young adult, and our family vacations together at the 3G’s at Windy Hill Beach.