The City of Dearing lost a gracious council member in the last month of his term on the council.
Therion Ellis Newby - known to everyone as "T.E." - died on Thursday, Dec. 8 after suffering a stroke, only four days before the last meeting of the council.
Therion Ellis Newby
Ralph Menees, mayor of Dearing, said Mr. Newby served the council for four years, then, when there was a three-way tie at re-election, Mr. Newby "graciously withdrew" from the race. Two years later, when that council member had to move, Mr. Newby filled his vacancy.
"He was my Sunday School teacher; he was my friend; he was a good man, and he served this town well," Mayor Menees said.
Mr. Newby taught the men's Sunday School class at Dearing Baptist Church for 50 years. He was retired from Eastern Airlines and Wilson Homes, was a member of the Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 11 of Warrenton, and was active with the Gideon's Thomson Camp.
Judy Reeves, town clerk, said Mr. Newby walked through town every day. She remembers him stopping to pick up pecans, checking out the town as he walked, looking for things that needed improvement. Mrs. Reeves said Mr. Newby told her walking reduced his cholesterol.
"Everybody around here, whether they knew him personally or not, they knew the man that walked the town," Mrs. Reeves said.
Mr. Newby is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances Hardy Newby, one son, Ray Newby, of Dearing, and one daughter, Jo Helen Harvey, of Virginia.