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Amos Newman

January 25, 1946 ~ July 27, 2022 (age 76)

Obituary

Amos “Neil” Newman, age 76, a resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina, passed away on July 27, 2022. He was born January 25, 1946 in Clinton, North Carolina to Frank and Ruby Newman.

A beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Neil graduated from Charles E. Perry High School in Roseboro, NC in 1964. Upon graduation, Neil relocated to New York, where he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He also honorably served as a member of the United States Air Force Reserves for nine years. Upon completion of his active duty, Neil worked with the telephone company in New York and then with the United States Postal Service. His career with the USPS relocated him to Fayetteville, NC., and then to Columbia, SC. Neil later accepted a position with the United States Department of the Army at Fort Bragg, NC, where he excelled in the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity for civil servants. As an Equal Employment Officer, he also served in this role in Bad Kreuznach and Giessen Germany, as well as in Seoul, Korea. Upon his retirement from the Department of the Army, he fulfilled his life dream of starting his own business, Newman & Associates Real Estate Appraisal Services. Neil was the only African American Real Estate Appraiser in Cumberland County and one of a few African Americans in the country approved to complete VA residential appraisals.

As an active Lifetime Member of the NAACP, Neil served on the Executive Board for the Fayetteville Branch of the NAACP. He was instrumental in galvanizing organized protests against racial discrimination within the Fayetteville City Police Department. As a lifelong advocate for social justice, he persuaded the United States Department of Justice to investigate the work environment of law enforcement in Cumberland County in 2001.

Neil’s love for Jesus Christ, his family, his community, and especially his two sons, Omar and Reign, was prevalent and undeniable. He never hesitated to do for others and would give a stranger the shirt off his back. As the patriarch of the Newman Family, Neil served as a mentor and motivator to the younger generation. Neil was a fervent believer in education. He always pushed for young people to obtain successive degrees. Because of his dedication to education, Neil was instrumental in the creation and management of the Newman Scholarship Fund for younger family members pursuing higher education. 

He is survived by his sons, Omar (Brandi) Newman of Charlotte, NC and Reign Newman of Fayetteville, NC; his granddaughter, Kenan Caroline Newman of Charlotte, NC; his siblings, James (Edna) Newman of Clinton, NC, Carolyn Newman of Clinton, NC, Larry (Gale) Newman of Clinton, NC, Cornelius (Wilma) Newman of Clinton, NC and Jeffrey Newman of Roseboro, NC; his close cousin, Dianna Long of Fayetteville, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ruby Newman and his brothers Charles Newman, and Douglas Newman. 

Graveside Service will be Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 11:00 am at Newman-Peterson Family Cemetery (Big Piney Grove Community) with military honors. 

Public walk-through viewing will be  Tuesday,  August 2, 2022 from  4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

*Mask required to attend services.*

Butler & Son Funeral Home, Inc. 
Roseboro, NC

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