Born: Friday Oct 22, 1920

Died: Friday Oct 9, 2020


Alma Crews Newnam

October 22, 1920 - October 9, 2020

Alma Dean Crews Newnam departed this life on October 9, 2020. Born in Chapel Hill, NC, on October 22 or 29, 1920, Alma Dean was a lively child who grew up loving singing, dancing, talking with friends and family, and appreciating the music of each generation of her children and grandchildren. As a child she adored being her daddy’s “right-hand man” and she carried that work ethic from the dairy farm throughout her life. Alma Dean was committed to the establishment and growth of the Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department, and it was through Department activities that many members of the community learned what the family already knew—she was an amazing cook.

Alma Dean was preceded in death by her mother and father, Marvin Staples (“Jack”) and Annie Lou Webster Crews; her husband, Floyd Newnam; her brothers, Carlton and Marvin; her sisters, Hope Durham, Merle Irving, Sue Strong, and Lena Frances Crews; her half-brothers, Norman and Jack Crews; and half-sisters Annie McPherson and Doris Elliott.  She is survived by her daughters, Virginia (Kenneth) Tuttle, Linda (Fairley) Lawson, and Rita (Steve) Maloy; her grandchildren, Dwayne Hawkins, Deanna (Timmy) Shelton, Kelly and Eric Lawson, and Stephen Maloy; her great grandchildren Liz Maree Hawkins, Spencer Griffin, and Emily and Josh Smith; and her half-siblings, Bill (Nellie) Crews, Jim (Dorothy) Crews, David Crews, and Beth (Earl) Sexton.

In keeping with Alma Dean’s wishes and in response to the pandemic, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers and food and in keeping with her wishes, please direct memorial donations to Gibson House (Formerly Hospice Home of Rockingham County), PO Box 281, Wentworth, NC  27375. The family will plan a celebration of life post-pandemic.



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Our family sends sincere condolences to the whole family, but especially to our dear friends Rita, Steve, and Stephen Maloy. Holding you in the light and hoping cherished memories bring you comfort.
Laura O’Toole

Aunt Alma Dean is blessing her presents in Heaven and hugging our Heavenly Father. She was a wonderful woman, full of knowledge and kindness. I'll never forget sitting in her kitchen ratting her 14 day pickles while listening to her and Uncle Floyd's stories.
Christine Carter

So sorry to hear about Mrs. Newnams passing. She was from a family of very loving people. I knew most of them and Bill is our neighbor. Condolences to her daughters and the rest of the family.
Bill and Joanne Knight

Sorry for your loss. You and your family are prayers during this difficult time.
Francis and Dianne Carter

Reet, so sorry to learn of your mama's death. You were the best caregiver she could have ever hoped to have. Peace to you and yours. LOVE, Tricia & RIck
Tricia & Rick

My heartfelt condolences to Rita,Linda,Virginia and all the members of your family.Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Mom's warmth,kindness,joy and humor are gifts that she shared with so many people.I will always carry the gift of knowing her in my heart and smile when I think of her. Alma Dean`s love of life,family and friends was so clearly lived each day of her life. Like so many of the people she touched and inspired,I will miss her more than words can fully express.
Robert H Stone

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