Dorothy Rean Boyd Newell was born to the late Ella Dean Boyd on July 22, 1951, in Halifax, North Carolina. She departed this physical life and received her heavenly wings on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
Dorothy spent her entire life in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, where she received her formal education. She committed her life to Christ at an early age and joined the London Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, but later moved her membership to the Simmons Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where she remained faithful until ill health prevailed. She was a dedicated member and loved to sing in the senior choir. She was employed in the sewing factory business for several years.
In 1969, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Edward Newell, and God blessed their union with six children. One daughter, Shirley Newell, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Dot or Poochie, as she was affectionately called, was well-known in the community. She loved everybody, touched many lives in so many different ways with her infectious smile, and had a heart of gold.
Those left to cherish her sweet spirit and forever remember each precious moment shared are her devoted husband, Edward C. Newell, Sr. of the home; her son, Edward C. Newell, Jr. (Latanya) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; four daughters, Diane Williams (Keith), and Sherry and Sharonda Newell all of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Shaneika Newell of Durham, NC; six grandchildren, Kiara Newell of Greensboro, NC, Teshawn Newell of Greenville, NC, Keith Jamar Williams, Jr., Shyheim Newell, and Sharell and King Caviness all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; eight special children she loved as her own, Michelle Johnson, Briana Hunter, A’Shauna Harvey, Nydirhya and Nydashia Pittman, Kiarya Smith, Ahmad Mills, and Devonta Jones; six sisters, Bertha Jones (James), Edith Daniels, Shirley Battle (William), Rebecca Ann Edmonds, and Glendora Hockaday all of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Valencia Williams (Kenny) of Rocky Mount, NC; three brothers, James Boyd, Leroy Boyd (Diane), and Jefferson Hockaday, all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; five sisters-in-law, Virginia Garner (Noble), and Bernice, Mary, Helen and Regina Newell all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; her special and devoted friends, Georgia Boyd, Bernice Newell, Ella Baker, Ernestine Devinshire, Glenda White, Alice Barber, Dorothy Newell, and Michael and Cynthia Johnson; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Simmons Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Rev. Melvin Davis will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home until 8:30 P.M on Friday, February 27, 2015, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.