Chapman's Mortuary Inc
2851 3Rd Ave
Huntington, WV 25702
(304) 523-9424


1921 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
HELEN PEARL GILES NEWMAN, passed away at the age of 92 on May 9, 2014, surrounded by close family members at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington. Known to all her family and friends as "Pearl," she was born August 9, 1921, near Morgantown, W.Va., to George James and Helen Penson Giles. Joining her brother, Lawrence, she was raised on the family farm, enduring many hardships and adversities including the death of her mother when she was only 4 years old as well as the Great Depression. She attended the local one-room schoolhouse until the eighth grade. In 1940, despite her diminutive size and frame, she became a live-in housekeeper for Frank and Ida Gapen and Ida's sister Isae Luckey of Morgantown, W.Va., caring for the family as well as occasional boarders, including all the cooking, cleaning and laundry. She worked there for 11 years until she met and married Mrs. Gapen's nephew, Leonard Selby Newman, a widower with four grown and soon to be married children (the four "J's": Joan, Jim, Janet and Jean). The four "J's" came to know her as "Mom." They resided in Lewisburg, W.Va., where Leonard worked for the Soil Conservation Service and where they welcomed two more children, Sandra Kay and Samuel Selby Newman. Relocating to Huntington in 1964, she resided in the same home for 50 years until her death. She was a faithful member of the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church throughout her life in Huntington, attending the Fellowship and subsequently John Wesley Classes where she served as the Card Chairman. She is survived by her children, Sandra Peck ( John) of Huntington; Samuel Newman ( Christine) of Villa Hills, Ky.; grandchildren, Kendra, Kylee and Collin Newman and great-grandchild Trevor also in Villa Hills, Ky.; Leonard's children, Jean Osborne of Brooksville, Fla., Janet Lawrence of Brandon, Fla., James Newman of Roanoke, Va.; 13 other grandchildren and innumerable great-grandchildren. Also surviving Pearl are nieces Gracella Cayton (Roy) and Marlene Summers (Dennis) and nephew Larry Giles (Kathy), all of Morgantown, W.Va., where many grand-nephews and -nieces reside; niece Nancy Moore (Jesse) of Morgantown, nephew Brother Brian Newman, OFM-Cap, now in Pittsburgh, Pa., after serving unceasingly as a missionary and educator in Papua New Guinea for over 50 years, and grand nieces Dana Newman Cinelli and Dawn Newman Bryant both near Baltimore, Maryland. Preceding Pearl in death were her husband, Leonard; his daughter, Joan Gwinn formerly of Pontiac, Mich.; and her brother, Lawrence Giles, formerly of Morgantown, W.Va. She will be sadly missed by her family and church, her many current and former neighbors, especially Claire and Terry Bias and their youngsters, Levi and Samuel. Her family would like to extend a special gratitude to her caregivers including Dr. Damian Silbermins; nurses Janet, Candice, Dixie, Kim and Rhonda as well as her outpatient Hospice team, Vickie, Marjorie and Tina. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. A committal service will take place afterward at nearby Woodmere Cemetery. The Rev. William M. Haynes Jr. will officiate. Chapman Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her memory to Beverly Hills United Methodist Church and the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Online condolences may be sent to
Published in The Herald-Dispatch on May 12, 2014
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