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Wingate Lee Newman

October 7, 1949 — July 9, 2024



Wingate Lee Newman, affectionately known as "Lee," passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Temple, Texas, at the age of 74. He was born on October 7, 1949, in Raymondville, Texas to his late parents; Charles and Frona(Albright) Newman. 

He had a passion for photography which he pursued after graduating from Lewisville High School, Wingate enjoyed creating landscapes through his lens and crafting personalized wooden pens. His time in Alaska allowed him to explore woodworking and carving, where he exhibited his talent by creating intricate creatures and animals from Ivory.

Wingate joined the United States Army in September 1969, serving as a Teletype Intercepter and stationed at Fort Hood. His service overseas earned him the National Defense Service Medal before he was honorably discharged in April, 1971. He later reenlisted & was stationed at Dugway Proving Grounds until 1984 where he moved to St. Joseph, Utah. 

After retiring from the Army at Ft. Collins Colorado, Lee decided to move his family to Temple Texas where he dedicated himself to the family business at Temple Laundry and Cleaners and then Zip Cleaners. 

Following his retirement, it was in 2013 during a game of bingo that he met the final love of his life and best friend, Shelly Ferguson. A simple act of kindness while wiping her glasses revealed the kind and tenderhearted man he was, leading to a romance that touched the hearts of all who knew them.

Wingate's playful demeanor earned him the reputation of being a joker who loved to prank his family and  grandchildren but above all else, he was a dedicated family man and a believing Christian. Despite being affectionately called the "Grumpy Ole Man" at times, those close to him knew him for his unwavering love and support.

Wingate's proudest accomplishments were undoubtedly his cherished family including four daughters: Shana Newman, Christy Lynn (Chris), Caryn Nelsen, Leighsa Newman; one son Edde Newman; two sisters Joy Bull and Gay Dyson; along with numerous nieces, nephews, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and his beloved pup Mugly Duke.

On July 4th, Wingate suffered a stroke that ultimately led to kidney failure and a fatal brain aneurysm. Those who had the privilege of knowing Wingate Lee Newman will always remember him for his humor, creativity, love for his family, animals, and unwavering faith.

Lee was preceded in death by both of his parents, Charles and Frona Newman, a brother, Paul Newman, one niece and one nephew. 

A Graveside Service will be held at a later date in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen to honor the life and legacy of Wingate Lee Newman with Chaplain William Sterling Officiating. May he rest in peace knowing he was cherished by many and left an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Please consider donating directly to the funeral home to help cover funeral costs via website make a payment now or mailing checks to 4235 E. US Hwy 190 Temple, TX 76501

A special thank you to Baylor Scott and White Palliative care and the ICU unit who cared for him. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Comrade Sabrina N. Young at Young's Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center. 

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Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

11463 TX-195, Killeen, TX 76542

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Honorably Donated His Body to Science

Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center

4235 E. US Hwy 190, Temple, TX 76501

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