Susan Hall Newman
November 1, 1945 – May 9, 2020
Susan Hall Newman, of Montgomery, Alabama, passed away after a short illness on May 9, 2020 at the age of 74. She was preceded in death by her husband Cmdr. Michael Scott Newman, USN (Ret) and parents William Reid Hall and Frances Coleman Hall. Susan was a native of Marietta, Georgia and attended Gulf Park College in Mississippi. She dabbled in various careers throughout her life, from kindergarten teacher to flight attendant to shoe model to marketing director, but her primary role was twenty-five years spent as homemaker, married to a naval aviator. This included caring for her children amidst frequent moves and her husband’s deployments, as well as a decade of caring for her own mother in their home. In these challenges, she drew strength from her relationship with Christ and His people, always an active participant in her church. Susan is remembered for her friendliness, humor, and the delight she took in all people, from her grandchildren to the strangers she met as she went about her day. She is survived by son William M. Newman (Ginny); son Thomas P. Newman (Marie); daughter Lisa N. Wheeler (Thomas); grandchildren Adam, Hailey, Thomas, Lilly, Emma, and Alice; sister Carol Hall Foss; and beloved nieces and nephews. Family members will gather privately to honor her life on Friday, May 15th, in the gardens of Woodlands United Methodist Church, led by the Rev. Tim Meadows, with arrangements by Alabama Heritage Funeral Home. A graveside interment of ashes will take place in Marietta, Georgia, when it is safe for large numbers of people to gather again. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Woodlands United Methodist Church (Pike Road, AL), which will be directed to their Food Pantry ministry.
Celebration of Life
Friday, May 15, 2020
Susan Hall Newman
May 21, 2020
Dear Bill, Lisa, and Tom,
We were very sad to learn of your dear mother’s unexpected death. We had kept in touch over the years at Christmas and have visited her Facebook page to see the many pictures of your beautiful children.
We have many fond memories of your parents when we were stationed with them on Ford Island in Hawaii in the early 80’s when you were young. It was a special time for all of us. We had many wonderful times together with our families and consider them our dear friends.
Your mother was the epitome of the Southern Belle complete with her Georgia accent. She was always dressed to the nines with her makeup in place. Lucky for us, she lived her Christian faith and we were the beneficiaries. Her gentle humor and down to earth warmth and smile were her strengths. Somehow, she managed to guide and keep your father on track. They were both such fun to know and are sorely missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
May God bless you and keep you at this difficult time.
Becky & Bill Graham
3381 Seven Lakes West
West End, NC 27376
Michele & Chuck McKeldin
May 14, 2020
Dear Bill, Tom, Lisa, and Carol,
As you know, every summer for the last several years, we and another couple have spent a few days with Susie at the ocean in the Delaware/Maryland area, when she came to visit us. We had so much fun in her company with that big smile on her face, her laughs, good, old Southern charm and Dixie accent. What an absolute delight she was. During those special days, in addition to touring the local sites, playing games (Cornhole and Pictionary were some of her favorites) we spent countless hours reminiscing over memories of our younger years, as far back as the mid-60s, and our various military ventures. We especially remember the time, when we were both stationed in the Norfolk area. One day, Michele was visiting with Susie. Tom got his head caught between two railings on the back porch of Mike and Susie’s house. After liberal use of butter and Crisco on Tom’s ears and head, the Fire Department was called to the rescue. And where were Mike and Chuck, when all this was happening? Of course, at sea on their respective ship assignments! Such is the life of a Navy wife. Susie always did it with class and style. She was so gracious and outgoing to everyone she met, no matter their walk in life. All of you, your spouses and, of course, Susie’s grandchildren are in our thoughts, prayers and hearts as you grieve the loss of your Mother, Grandmother, and Sister. May you, too, find comfort in your fondest memories and that she is now with your father for all eternity.
May 14, 2020
Lisa, Bill and Tom,
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. WeI loved being in Officer Christian Fellowship Ministry with both your parents when we arrived in Montgomery in 2001. How very generous they were with their time and love for the military. Mike's testimony to the young airmen was my favorite; and oh boy, he could talk us into making cookies for the boys home. Susan was so supportive and joyful and opened their home easily. I loved how Susan did life trusting the Lord after Mike passed. I heard all your stories when we visited. Our lives got busy in our churches in these last years, but whenever we got together I loved how much she loved her kids and grands. She was so proud of you. ( Mary here: I also loved that she got bold and decorated her new home masterbath in leopard patterns. She and my daughter in law taught me to love red accents). We are going to miss her and will pray for you and all your family. From His heart, to mine to yours, Mary and Mike Martin
May 14, 2020
May your wonderful memories of your Mom sustain you now and in the future. I take comfort knowing she will be back keeping Mike in line! Please accept my most sincere sympathy. May she rest in eternal peace.
May 12, 2020
Dearest Bill,Tom,Lisa , I have such fond memories of our Navy family times in Oak Harbor in our neighborhood. We were so close there with families supporting each other especially when the Dads were on deployment. We looked out for each other’s kids & we had neighborhood picnics at the end of the culdesac. We spent early mornings together at the bus stop & were always there for each other. Sometimes we’d have to break up fights between the kids or rejoice in their playing so well together. We all parented together. Susan & I spent so many hours together & on the phone just encouraging each other in our daily lives. She never lost her Southern accent & you best not say anything negative about Auburn University!! Her kindness & sweet disposition will be missed. I know she is with your Dad Mike! Rest In Peace my dear friend. Roz
Charles and Tilley Cox
May 12, 2020
We remember our welcome to Montgomery by Mike and Susan when we reported in as the first OCF staff representatives. We served along side this precious couple for eight years in Christian ministry. Susan was always the most gracious hostess. Our love and prayers go out to the family. God bless you.