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Roy Newman, former sheriff, commissioner, dies at 84

Joe Roy Newman, 1932-2017

Oct. 12, 2017 – Joe Roy Newman, 84, of Dunlap, passed away Friday, Oct. 6. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He also served as Sequatchie County sheriff and held several other positions of leadership – in the Sequatchie County Rescue Squad, Sequatchie County Commission, the fire department and the ambulance service.

He owned Roy Newman's Auto and Salvage for many years.

According to Newman's grandson, Justin Johnson, Roy was the seventh son of a seventh son, and he used to “buy” warts and burns – people with a wart that they wanted removed would come to him, and he would give them a small amount of cash, and the wart would soon disappear.

Current Sequatchie County Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock remembers going to work with Newman on the county's first official ambulance service in 1972. Before that time, the funeral homes would provide transport for an injured person to the hospital, but they had no paramedics to stabilize the patient, and it was just “load-and-go,” Hitchcock said.

I've known Roy all my life,” he recalled Thursday. “In 1972, the county got its own ambulance service. Roy Newman had been in the military – in the Korean War – as a medic. My Uncle James Burch, Dale Sims, Roy, and me decided to get our EMT license. We went to class at night and got certified.”

The two men later worked together in the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department, when Newman served as sheriff for four years.

You would find no finer person in the world,” Sheriff Hitchcock said. “He was there to help the public. If you weren't Roy Newman's friend, it was your fault, not his.”

Services for Roy Newman were Sunday, Oct. 8, at Ewton Funeral Home in Dunlap, with burial in the Cordell Cemetery.

Newman's survivors were his wife of 66 years, Estle Sims Newman, seven children, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.