Dr. Harvey Ray Newman

September 18, 1944November 25, 2013

Dr. Harvey Ray Newman, Sr., age 69, of Winder, GA passed away November 25, 2013. Dr. Newman was a Baptist pastor for 26 years, a Georgia Baptist missionary for 21 years and was on one of the first mission teams to enter the Soviet Union after the Iron Curtain came down. He spent the last decade under the Gold Dome in Atlanta representing Georgia Baptists as a public policy advocate. He helped legislators craft the Marriage Amendment in 2004, defining marriage as one man and one woman for life. Dr. Newman also helped champion the cause against sex trafficking in Atlanta. He was at the forefront in advancing the cause of righteousness in Georgia for years.

Survivors include his wife, Gwen Newman; son Rusty (Laura) Newman; sister Clara (Terry ) Grimes; brother Joe (Jackie) Newman; grandchildren Grant, Austin, Carson and Maggie Newman.

The family will receive friends from 3 - 5 PM and 7 – 9 PM at Smith Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. The funeral service will be held at the Union Baptist Church in Winder, at 10 AM on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 with Dr. Rusty Newman, Dr. Frank Cox, Dr. J. Robert White and Rev. Glen McCall officiating. Interment will follow at 3 PM at Lakeview Memory Gardens in Phenix City, AL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Truett McConnell College, Ray Newman Endowment.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 26, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, November 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dr. Harvey Ray Newman

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Kasey McClure

November 29, 2013

Ray was such a true friend. I'm thankful God allowed him to come into our life as a friend, mentor and supporter of 4Sarah. He will be missed!
Gwen, I will continue to pray that God gives you strength during this time until you see Ray again. Jake and I love you both so much!

Sam, Mary, Jared, & Kayla Scarbrough

November 28, 2013

Dearest Gwen, Rusty, Laura, & Family
We shared so many precious times together both in serving God at church and with a special gift we have had with our friendships. Our hearts are heavy with he upmost respect for all of you during this most difficult time. Ray and Pop is in heaven with our Lord and what comfort to know no pain or suffering and yes sweet Gwen as we discussed Heaven will be our eternal home. May all your cherished memories bring great comfort and strength. All the laughs and good times will always hold a special place in our hearts along with each of you with continued treasured thoughts and prayers. We will always love you all. God bless you all as you have always been such a blessing in our lives.

Theresa Taylor

November 27, 2013

Brother Ray was a man who put legs to his faith. My heart and prayers go out to the faimly. I will miss you Brother Ray.

Randy Newman

November 27, 2013

Gwen, I know you will miss Ray but he is having a ball right now with all those love ones in heaven....we love you very much!!
Randy and Sheila

John Yarbrough

November 27, 2013

Bro. Ray is a blessing. He is a man that mattered. These pass few weeks he continued to show us how to finish well. He is rejoicing today and forever in glory. Family, what great memories you have. God's comfort and blessings,
John Yarbrough, Truett-McConnell College.

November 26, 2013

Please accept my sincere sympathy on Bro. Ray's homegoing. I remember his kindness when he served in Columbus. I played the piano at Pinehurst and was active in the BSU. I don't really remember how our paths crossed. Funny--he seemed much older than me then, but not so much anymore! May you know God's peace at this difficult time.

November 26, 2013

Gwen, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you. Please let us know if you need anything at all.

Pat, Ben, and LeaAnn Pitts

Sherry Keil

November 26, 2013

Sympathies to the family of Ray. He was a great co-worker and friend. GOD has welcomed him home.

Jeanie Anderson Jenkins

November 26, 2013

Gwen,I love you and Bro. Ray. My best memories include you both. Rusty, you are still a little one in my memory. Your mom and dad raised you to be a good and holy man, and you can be grateful forever. I know Mama is happy to have him Home. I am having trouble knowing what else to say, although my heart is overflowing with memories and love. The Anderson family will always hold you all in the greatest regard. Bro. Ray will be sorely missed but always highly esteemed. Jesus is welcoming him with open arms. I can only imagine.

Paulette Roberts

November 26, 2013

Dear Gwen, I was so saddened to hear of Ray's passing. You and Ray were such a constant force of love and guidance during my difficult times. You both taught me so much about God's presence in my life. Please know that my family and I lift you up in prayer in the days to come. I considered Ray my pastor and my friend. I know Rusty and Laura and the grandchildren we be a constant source of strength. I know God will surround you with his love.