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Newberry, Michael B. Michael B. Newberry was born Sept. 21, 1938 in Dallas, TX and passed away on April 29, 2014 in Katy, TX from cancer (4 instances) and Parkinson's Disease battled since 2006. He attended Sunset High School in Dallas and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 and completed his high school studies in the Naval Service. He attended 13 weeks of Boot Camp at Great Lakes, IL (subsequently always in Naval Aviation). He was ordered to Pensacola, FL. for one year and then ordered to Moffet Field, CA. for another year. After release from active duty, he continued his education by attending night school at Crozier Tech in Dallas and North Texas State University. Michael married Patricia Ann Guffey on August l2, 1960 in Dallas, TX. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Newberry; parents, Russell and Oreta Newberry of Desoto, TX; sister, Nancy Martin of Irving, TX; and brother, James Newberry of Louisville, KY. He is survived by his wife Patricia; daughter, Dawn Stone; son-in-law, Billy Stone; grandson, Michael Stone; and grand-daughter, Jessica Stone, all of Katy, TX. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1992 as Manager of Vehicle Operations in Dallas with over 36 years Federal Service. He was a specialist in accident investigation during 1969-1980 and attended training at the University of Oklahoma, Northwestern University in Chicago, and the Postal Management Academy at Memphis and Washington, DC. Also in view of his vast fleet operations experience, he was frequently called upon to perform fleet management audits in large post offices at Atlanta, Daytona/St. Augustine, Houston, Jacksonville, Memphis, New Orleans, Raleigh and San Antonio. Additionally, he had a dual career in the Naval Reserve, training primarily in Texas with multiple 2 week deployments to Los Alamitos, CA.; Denver, CO.; Key West & Jacksonville, FL.; New Orleans, LA.; Fallon, NV.; and as an aircrew member of four 16 day detachments in 1977-84 that trained in Pisa, Italy; Sigonella, Sicily and Rota, Spain. His Navy travels included Azores, Bermuda, England, France, Germany and Greenland. He retired in 1986 with over 30 years service and achieved the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. During his Naval career, he was called to fulltime active duty in 1955-57, and recalled again to fulltime active duty in 1965-67. His contributions to the community included participation in Boy Scout activities, Past President/Life Member of Texas State Chapter of the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, Past Vice President of Dallas, TX Postal Supervisors Organization and as a Texas State-Certified Emergency Medical Assistant for 1992-2000 in the Southern Oaks Volunteer Fire Department at Richland-Chambers Lake where he was a "first responder" to fires and medical emergencies. He was also a regular attender of Westland Baptist Church in Katy, TX. Michael was an avid hunter with archery and rifle, and an expert fisherman and he ensured that his family experienced camping, boating and motorcycling as well during their formative years. His hobbies included handicapping thoroughbred racehorses. He particularly enjoyed time with his wife, daughter and family and supported their endeavors. "God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around you and whispered "Come to Me." With tearful eyes we watched you. and saw you pass away, and though we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating with gentle hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best." Memorial service will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 12 noon at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, a donation is suggested to , Parkinson's Foundation or a .


Published in Dallas Morning News from May 8 to May 9, 2014
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