Clarke R. Newlin

July 21, 1932February 1, 2014
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Clarke Rudolph Newlin, 81, of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home on February 1, 2014.

Mr. Newlin was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 21, 1932 to the late Clarke Rudolph Newlin, Sr. and Martha Carolyn Storey Newlin.

Mr Newlin and his family moved to Mobile, Alabama in 1939. There he attended and graduated from Murphy High School. In high school, Mr Newlin was elected President of his graduating class and he was elected “Most Likely to Succeed”.

Mr. Newlin began his college career at Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Alabama, and later transferred to Rice University, in Houston, Texas, where he graduated in 1954 with a Bachelors Degree in accounting.

Mr. Newlin met his first wife, Jean Thomas Newlin, in 1953, when they both attended a class in Marriage and Family Relationships at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. They were married September 18, 1954.

After college, Mr Newlin went to work for the credit department of Foleys Department Store in Houston, Texas where he worked for many years. Mr Newlin later went to work for Associated Credit Bureaus Inc as Director of Automation, where he worked for 15 years, and where he headed the company's involvement in the development of online computer systems used throughout the country in the consumer credit reporting industry. During his time there, he was elected President of ACB Services, Inc, a subsidiary of Associated Credit Bureaus, Inc in 1972. He also served as President of the Houston chapter of the Data Processing Management Association. In 1985, Mr. Newlin was the Conference Chairman for the Data Processing Management Association's Annual International Computer Conference and Business Exposition held in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. He was a Certified Public Accountant, active member of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, and was active in Rotary International as well as the Houston Chamber of Commerce. During his professional career he also worked as Director of Facilities Management Services for Bonner & Moore Computing Company, Controller for Treesweet Products Inc, Administrative Vice President for Warrior Energy Group Inc, President of Oxxo, Inc. (a private oil and gas company), and Controller for Arrow Mirror & Glass Inc.

Mr. Newlin and his wife, Jean, joined South Main Baptist Church, in Houston, Texas, in 1954. They attended there until 1960, when they joined Second Baptist Church, in Houston, Texas, where Mr Newlin was an active member until his death. At Second Baptist Church, Mr Newlin served as a deacon, volunteered to serve during the middle of the night in the prayer room for many years, and was active in Sunday School and church ministries where he and Jean developed many life-long friendships.

Throughout his life, Mr Newlin was an avid fisherman who spent countless hours over many years along the saltwater and freshwater shorelines throughout the Gulf Coast area. He was always happiest when he had a rod and reel or cast net in his hands. He was also an avid card player, spent many years as an active member in many bridge clubs and would never turn down an invitation to a good card game.

After the death of his first wife, Jean Thomas Newlin in 2009, Mr. Newlin moved to Parkway Place, an independent living facility in Houston, Texas. While living there, he continued to work as Controller for Arrow Mirror & Glass Inc, and in his spare time enjoyed playing bridge, board games, serving as the bingo caller and assisting with the regular vesper services for residents. While living at Parkway Place, Mr. Newlin met and married his wife, Joanne Campbell Newlin, on August 2, 2013.

In the later years of his life, Mr Newlin became a published author, and he wrote the book, “Aging With Class”. He was a frequent speaker at various book signing events at retirement communities around the region near his home.

Mr. Newlin was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Thomas Newlin.

Mr. Newlin is survived by his wife, Joanne Campbell Newlin; his son and daughter-in-law, Steve & Rebecca Newlin of Manassas, Virginia; his daughter, Nanette Newlin Hutchison of Houston, Texas, his sister, Carolyn Newlin Sullivan of Houston, Texas, his brother and sister-in-law, Charles T. & Leasa Newlin of Aransas Pass, Texas, his 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family members, co-workers at Arrow Mirror & Glass, Inc, and his friends at Parkway Place and Second Baptist Church of Houston.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079 on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will be Thursday, February 6, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Second Baptist Church of Houston, 6400 Woodway Dr, Houston, Texas 77057.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 6, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 7, 2014

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Joe Kinsella

February 6, 2014

Steve and family, we here at Arrow are saddened greatly by the passing of our employee and friend and offer our condolences. Not only was Clarke a great asset to us he was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him dearly. He was the best controller I ever had the pleasure to work with.
Joe Kinsella

February 5, 2014

To the Family of Mr. Newlin,

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Newlin. I worked for him at ACB Services, Inc. in the mid 70's. He was an excellent manager and more importantly a very nice person. Houston has lost a very classy gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Malcolm Baker

Nancy Grace Smith

February 5, 2014

Nanette and Steve: I am so saddened by this sudden passing of your dear father. He was such a good man, and was always so kind to me. He was a person full of class, and was a great father to you both. I hope that in time after this initial shock, that fond memories of him fill your hearts and minds, and that you will remember how blessed you both are for having had such a wonderful father. With much love, Nancy Grace

Dimitri and Anna Paola Diano

February 4, 2014

Steve, our condolences in the passing of you father. We hope he did not suffer during the last moments. A big hug.
Dimitri and Anna Paola Diano

Mae Zamora

February 4, 2014

Nanette and Steve, My prayers are with you and your family. Your dad will be greatly missed. I am honored to have known and worked with him. May God bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Barbara Kelley

February 3, 2014


My sincere condolences in the passing of your dad. I pray your memories will make you smile, and the Lord will be a great comfort to you and your family.

Barbara Kelley