William "Bill" Grant Newman Jr.

November 24, 1945July 4, 2018
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William Grant Newman, Jr. (Bill), age 72, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas after a brief illness. Bill was born in Texarkana, Arkansas on November 24, 1945.

He attended St. Edwards High School in Texarkana, Arkansas, and received a BBA from East Texas State University. He also served four years in the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman. Ultimately, he settled on a successful lifetime career in the Investment Banking and Municipal Bond Business.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents William and Elaine Newman, and his sister, Willaine Aycock.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sherry, his sister Bernadette Gerrald, and his two daughters and husbands, Angela and Adam Blanks and Ashley and Justin Sutton. He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Evan, Avery, Gracie and Brendon, as well as beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Christ of the Hills Methodist Church, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at the Diamante Country Club, Hot Springs Village, AR.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Bill’s name.

The online obituary, guestbook, and memorial tribute are available at


  • Celebration of Life Friday, July 13, 2018

William "Bill" Grant Newman Jr.

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Cathy Teer Harris

July 13, 2018

Sherry, Seeing how much my parents are struggling with this, I can only image how hard it is on you and the girls. Hubba was one of the most generous and fun to be around persons I knew. He always made me smile!

John Stephens

July 10, 2018

Bill was a person we all loved to see and someone we will remember with joy. He was kind, dignified, and irrepressibly funny and he set an example for us all.

Joseph Malaski

July 10, 2018

It is difficult to express the loss we felt upon learning of Bill's passing. He was a friend of over 30 years. His kindness and how he treated people were shining examples to us all. hard to fathom a world without him. We never knew anyone in our lives that could tell a better story or make fun of himself than Bill could. Such a tragedy that he is no longer with us.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sherry and the rest of Bill's family that are feeling the full brunt of his loss.

Joe & Vickie Malaski

Evelyn Herron-Pugh

July 9, 2018

I would like to give my condolences to the family. I met Bill in 2003 during his career at PFM he was our neighbor at work. I can say that he was one of the nicest, hardest working and most down to earth men I've ever known. My unforgettable memory of Bill was he would always brings breakfast tacos from Elgin and loved to share them with us. Bill always made you feel like family. I am truly going to miss him. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to have met a real genuine man like Bill.