Gary Dennis Newman, age 62, of Knoxville, TN, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2015, in Kennesaw, GA. Dennis was a 1970 graduate of Holston High School, where he served as Student Body President. He received his Bachelor degree from the University of Tennessee; a Masters of Divinity from the Yale Divinity School, and his Doctorate of Ministry from Vanderbilt University. He also served 13 Years in the U.S. Army Reserves serving as a Chaplain. Dennis began his ministry in 1974 with the United Methodist Church, serving at various churches after that, including Kingston Springs UMC, Shallowford Road UMC, Cassidy UMC, Washington Pike UMC and Christ-Chattanooga UMC. His ministry ended in 2012 when he became ill while serving as Pastor at GraceWorks Church in Chattanooga. Upon his retirement, he continued his membership with GraceWorks. Dennis possessed a great gift of ministry that is beyond description and was deeply loved by the many congregations that he served. He was an absolutely wonderfully and uniquely-made Child of God. Dennis had a gift for bringing together the message of the Gospel to the needs of the people of his congregations. He was gifted with an incredibly-caring heart and legendary wit which allowed him to stand, be with, and lead people through all kinds of crisis. He could befriend and connect with the hearts and minds of all types of people, and was considered by his peers to be one of the best ministers in the United Methodist Church. He had a real special love for his daughter, Nikki; granddaughter, Taylor; and son-in-law, Justin.
Preceded in death by mother, Barbara Newman. Survived by daughter, Nikki Soss, and husband, Justin, whom Dennis thought of as a son; granddaughter, Taylor Soss; father, Alvin Glenn Newman; brother, Jeff Newman and wife, Jamie; nieces, Rachel Newman, Lori (Andrew) Middleton; grandnephew Conner Middleton; and grandniece, Kate Middleton; step-nephews Grayson and Jacob; "The Buddies", Jim Bailes and wife, Diane, and Lynda Sallee; mother of his daughter, Roberta Myron.
The family will receive friends 5:00-7:00 PM on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Washington Pike United Methodist Church followed by the funeral service at 7:00 PM, Saturday with Rev. Jim Bailes and Rev. Pat Polis officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Lewy Body Dementia Association, In Memory of Gary Dennis Newman, 912 Killian Hill SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Family and friends will meet 10:45 AM on Sunday at Oak Grove Cemetery for an 11:00 AM interment. Arrangements are being handled by Bridges Funeral Home, 5430 Rutledge Pike, 865-523-4999. www.bridgesfuneralhome.com
Published by Knoxville News Sentinel from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2015.