Billy Mac Newberry

May 27, 1947March 16, 2014
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BILLY MAC NEWBERRY, passed away at his Sugar Land home in the company of his family on March 16, 2014, at the age of 66. Bill was born on May 27, 1947, in Cedar Hill, Tennessee, to Herman & Gladys Newberry. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served aboard the USS America and was a member of the US Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 82 and Helicopter Attack Squadron 3. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Tennessee in 1976. Following a co-op at NASA where he received a Wernher von Braun Suggestion Award, Bill began work as a field engineer with Schlumberger in Shreveport, Louisiana. He remained with Schlumberger for the rest of his career, over thirty years, holding a variety of positions across Texas, notably in data interpretation and application engineering. He was recognized as an expert in geologic image processing and interpretation and holds a patent on methods for determining permeability of carbonates from geologic imaging and wireline logs. He was an avid world traveler and accomplished cook. Bill’s family and friends were always his chief source of joy and pride in life. He is survived by Rose, his wife of thirty years; his sons, Robert and Benjamin; and his brother Dewey.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Joyce Gary-Lee

July 11, 2014

Rose, I am so sorry to learn of Bill's passing! I have many found memories of him in those early days in the Shreveport District! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

TC and Kathy Curlee

April 20, 2014

Rose, Kathy and I are so sad to hear about Bill's passing. He was an open-hearted, quiet, complex man, a loyal friend through many tough college days. Thank you for sharing the photos of the family; we could see how happy Bill was in those pictures. Seeing that shy smile of his brought back many good memories.

All our love, to you and the boys.

James Baker

April 1, 2014

Rose, I'm very sorry to hear about Bill's passing, and my sincerest condolences to you and your family. In the years I worked with Bill, I looked to him more as a friend than a co-worker.

Mary B. Hines

March 29, 2014

Rose, Jim and I send our sincere condolences in the loss of Bill. What a wonderful friend he was to us. Love to you and the boys.

Allen Knight

March 26, 2014

Rose, I have not the words to express the depth of my compassion and sorrow for the loss of Bill. You, Robert, Benjamin, and your entire extended family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have regarded Bill as my friend from the first time I met him early in September 1965. Friends like Bill are a rare occurrence. I consider it an honor that Bill regarded me as a friend. Though it has been years since I last saw him my memory of him is still fresh, and I shall never forget his smile, his wit, and his gentle companionship.

Gary & Michele Turpin

March 22, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.