John Seay Newman

August 26, 1984December 31, 2020

John Seay Newman passed away suddenly on December 31, 2020.

John was born August 26, 1984 in LaGrange, GA, son of Frank Seay Newman and Mary Seay Skandalakis. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange and a graduate of LaGrange College with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Finance and Market Research. John served proudly in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He loved the outdoors, especially turkey hunting and the game of golf.

John was preceded in death by his cousin, Henry Newman, his uncle, Jim Newman, and his grandparents, Dottie Seay, Gardner and Frankie Newman (Big and Bam).

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mary and Pete Skandalakis; father and stepmother, Frank and Leigh Newman; brother and sister-in-law, Judson and Katie Newman; sister, Frances Newman; grandfather, John Seay and his wife Anne Pope Seay; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins whom he loved dearly.

Celebration of Life memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 4, 2021 in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in John’s memory can be made to the Troup County Humane Society.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636


  • Troup County Humane Society


  • Graveside Memorial Service

    Monday, January 4, 2021


John Seay Newman

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Matt Bexton

January 7, 2021

Mary, I just heard about John. I am so sorry for your loss, for all of you.

Kay Barnes

January 5, 2021

Mary and family,
So sorry to hear about John.
I well know the grief of losing a child. My prayers are with you.
I pray God will grant you peace
In this time of sorrow.
Sincerely, Kay Barnes

Wanda Kemp

January 4, 2021

Mary,I am so sorry. I did not know John but he seems like such a sweet young man and he is safe in the arms of Jesus now! Gurald and I will be praying for you and your family. Please tell my sweet Franny I love her and she will always have a piece of my heart!!

Mary Anne Hamilton

January 3, 2021

Many memories yet not enough... but one especially of John patiently fishing with a young guest of mine in NC, who's parents were going through a divorce. He tirelessly fished with him until the young guest succeeded in a catch which John cleaned and cooked for him...he was determined to help the young boy ... encouraging, patient...and so kind. John will be missed.

Josh Britt

January 3, 2021

John and I met at LaGrange College in 2007 in the business department. We graduated in the same year and the professors probably disliked us equally. Our friendship started during college but developed after we graduated.

My wife, Claire, and I share many fond memories of John. He was a fun, loving, and passionate friend. When you had John by your side you stood a little taller.

My condolences for your loss and I pray that the Lord grant peace and comfort to you.

Josh and Claire Britt

Ann Daniel Beasley

January 3, 2021

Chunk: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your son. Please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Ann Daniel Beasley

Ellen Griffin

January 3, 2021

I was devastated to hear about the death of your son. I know you and your family are heart broken. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ellen Richter Griffin

Ann Gaylord-Badding

January 3, 2021

Mary & Pete, Chunk & Leigh, Jud, and Francis,

Please know that I’m thinking of you at this difficult time. I wish I were in LG to hug you, in person. As you know, our family experienced something similar a year and a half ago; my heart truly goes out to each of you.

I have special memories of John when he was a tiny, little boy, celebrating Easter (next door to mom) at Dottie and John’s. At the time, John was an adorable towhead. What a handsome and kind man he grew up to be! Frankie was so, so proud of him!

May God bless John’s soul and each of yours, as you begin to process his passing. You are all beloved in the community, treasured by family, and certainly loved by me. Lean into that love and support. Take good care of yourselves.

Sincerely-Ann (Gaylord) Badding

Maria and Scott Carroll

January 3, 2021

Even though we met John only a couple of times, he was always smiling and welcoming. His memory will be eternal. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. We know God will keep him safe and John will be smiling down on his family from heaven. He will now become a guardian angel.

Love you,
Maria and Scott

Kathy Weathers

January 2, 2021

I had the honor of meeting this precious young man when he came with his grandfather to my apartment . He was such a sweet young man who listened to his grandfather for all options ! Prayers for all of you at this horrible time . I too have lost a son so I know the pain and heart ache . 😢🙏💔