Jonathan Newell

Jonathan ""Lee"" Newell

Monday, April 10th, 1950 - Monday, August 31st, 2020
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Jonathan “Lee” Newell, age 70, passed away peacefully while holding his daughter’s hand on August 31, 2020. He was born in Dallas, Texas on April 10, 1950 to his parents, Edith Marye Atkins and John Lloyd Newell. He worked for South Western Bell for many years, making cable service repairs. Lee loved his Harley motorcycles, collecting and refurbishing antiques, dancing, singing, classic rock and classic country music but especially loved going to concerts with his daughter, Shada. He was a charmer to say the least. Lee would make friends with anyone, anywhere. Lee will be remembered as a dependable and loving man, who you could always count on. He will be forever missed and remembered by his family and loved ones.

Lee is survived by his sweetheart, Diana Holman; son, Justin Lee Newell; daughter, Shada LeeAnn Newell Gratton; grandson, Cade Adam Gratton; brother, Walter Newell and wife Patricia; sister Kaye Dorsett, brother-n-law, Edward Riley; his closest cousin and partner in crime, Laura Beth “LB” Atkins; his amazing nieces and nephews , and numerous loving family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by his precious parents; beloved sister, Barbara Riley; wonderful brother, Larry Stafford; and his ex-wife, best friend, and Shada’s unforgettable Mama, Judy Newell.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Boze Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home.

If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, his daughter suggests either your favorite charity/organization, or, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to help end childhood cancer and life-threatening illnesses.

Arrangements are under the direction of Boze Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 West Main Street, Waxahachie.

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    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 2:00pm
    Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel
    511 W. Main St.
    Waxahachie, Texas 75165
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Walt Newell

Posted at 09:49am
My Brother Lee, so many memories, so many stories, so many heartaches. We were lucky to have each other, we went through so many events. We stumbled our way through the process of growing up. We had a bond, we were soldiers of fortune, we got into trouble but we still made it out. The path down this life's highway was sometimes bumpy, with no signs or the wrong signs. I cherish all the memories, the alone time with you, and the one on one discussions of the awakening you have, the sharing of moments of reflection. The "one day at a time". Through all of these you are the patient one. Kind to a fault, slow to react, at peace with all, rolling right along, and a comfort in the storm. You gave understanding to the process of healing from the past. "me being me, and allowing you to see who I am". in the song: " If life is just a highway then the soul is just a car, objects in the rear view mirror appear closer than they are". Cherish every moment and do not forget to laugh, love, cry, make amends. We never parted without saying "I love you". You are always on my mind, I think to call you, to share something, and I get overcome, I can't tell you. My pain is so acute right now, I know you are asleep in the arms of the lord. Ride safe, keep the shinny side up.

Pat Newell

Posted at 09:05am
Lee, you were always and will forever be, one of my favorite people. Thank you for all the wonderful trips and rides we shared. Loved your kindness and humor. You were real and true and a gem that I will forever hold close to my heart. Love you so much and I will see you on the other side.


Jackie Barnes

Posted at 03:16pm
Lee was very friendly. He made me a puzzle board and I will always remember him when I do puzzles.

Lynda Houck

Posted at 03:11pm
Lee was so kind to me. All my conversations with Walt, we would take about Lee and his motorcycle. I had my first taste of venison and crawfish at Lee's house in cedar hill. Lee was a wonderful brother to Walt. I will miss him

Florance kay shifflet

Posted at 08:37am
I remember many visits with Lee and Walter as i was growing up to be very endearing to me. Lee was full of spirit and made our visits cheerful. I know mom always looked forward to her brothers coming to see her. Lee could dance to anything and he was quite a good singer. I will miss and love him.

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