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Seaborn Wayne NEWTON


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Seaborn Wayne NEWTON Obituary
NEWTON, Seaborn Wayne

Seaborn Wayne Newton, lovingly known as "Papa Wayne", 92, of Austin, Texas, passed from this world to his eternal peace August 10th. He was the fourth and youngest child born to Seaborn Durham Newton and Emma Frances Bridges on July 6, 1922 in Kirbyville, (Jasper County), Texas. Wayne attended elementary and junior high school in West Orange, Texas where he played basketball, football and was a Boy Scout. During the Depression, Wayne helped his family by working a newspaper route, working at a grocery store, helping on a Nehi Soda delivery truck, and picking beans from his mother's vegetable garden to sell to neighbors at 5 cents for a small sack.

After graduating from Austin High School in 1940, where he met his wife to be, Orpha Nell Chiles, in Botany class, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps July 23rd at Randolph Field. He helped establish two new training bases for Aviation Cadets in Enid, Oklahoma and Coffeyville, Kansas. He was assigned to the 1957th Ordinance Depot Co (Aviation) and accompanied that unit to England and Europe where it was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December of 1943. He drove a supply truck during the Battle of the Bulge. After WWII, he transferred to Bergstrom, McChord, Pinecastle, and Homestead AFB's. He served four years as an AFROTC instructor at Arizona State College in Tempe. In 1953, he joined the 19th Bomb Wing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Wayne advanced in rank from PVT 1st Class to SMSgt. (Senior Master Sergeant) during his 21+ years in the United States Air Force. He retired from the USAF in September 1962 having earned many awards and decorations including the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Campaign Stars for "Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He moved his wife and family to Austin, Texas in 1962, and began a long 29year career with the US Postal Service in March 1963. Wayne earned an Associate Degree from Austin Community College in 1976. He retired from the Postal Service in July 1992. Dad was a Christian man raising his children in the Lutheran faith. He married the love of his life, Orpha Nell Chiles, on February 14, 1946. They were married for 66 years before her passing in November 2012. They raised five children, three daughters and two sons. Wayne was an avid reader with a passion for history, current events, genealogy, and a faithful student of the Bible. He took great pride in being a patriot and in having served both in WWII and Korea. Wayne is survived by his daughters: Sandra Tennill of Georgetown; Dawnell Dayton of Austin; Christine Studebaker (Michael) of Georgetown; his son Glenn Newton of Austin; and his niece and "special sister", Emma Lou Schultz Collier of Beaumont; his grandchildren: Jennifer K. Caster; Travis J. Tennill; Caleb Studebaker (Sarah); Kaitlyn N. Studebaker; and Emily D. Studebaker; his great grandchildren: Levi Max Loya (Ali); Hayden Allen; Mason Allen; Jagger Caster; Caleb M. Studebaker; Evan Studebaker; and Isabel Studebaker, in addition to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his wife, Nell; his parents, Seaborn and Emma Newton; his in-laws, Harry and Mabel Swenson; his brother, Hollis Newton; his sister Virval Newton Crocker; his sister, Vivian Newton Richardson; his son Steven Wayne Newton; his son-in-law Glen "Butch" Tennill; and his grandson, Richard Russell Loya.

His family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Park Place Assisted Living and Park Place Nursing Home for their devoted and loving care of our Dad during his brief stay in Georgetown. Wayne's family will hold services pending at the Gabriel Funeral Chapel & Crematory in Georgetown, Texas. Personal words of comfort and memories may be sent to the family online at our guestbook at www.gabrielsfuneral.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 17 to Aug. 25, 2014
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