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Lecial Wayne Newman, age 62

Lecial Wayne Newman, 62, of Benton died Wednesday, April 1, 2020. He was born May 7, 1957 in Newport to Jimmy Lee Newman and Naomi Holloway Newman.Wayne was preceded in death by his father. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one daughter, Crystal Gross (James) of Benton; four siblings, Julia Ann Criswell (Scott), James Newman, Dennis Newman (Sherri), and Melody Sinks (Scott), all of North Little Rock; and 4 grandchildren, Haley Hughes, Kierslynn Lunsford, James Gross, Jr., and Skylar Gross.Wayne will be remembered as a loving and generous father, brother, son and friend. He was a talented musician and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  501-982-3400


  • Nancy Zomaya and Rob Kent Posted April 5, 2020 11:10 AM

    So sorry to hear this. Wayne was a great person and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Crystal, Beau, Dennis and his entire family. God rest his soul ~

  • Crystal Gross Posted April 6, 2020 10:09 AM

    I’ll never stop missing you and your smiles, your calls and texts and our talks. I love you so much daddy.

  • Kelly Brimberry Posted April 6, 2020 10:12 AM

    I sure will miss you Uncle Wayne. I bet you’re jamming in Heaven with GrandDad. Love you.

  • Libby Posted April 6, 2020 10:15 AM

    I have no words to express my pain of losing you. I will cherish our time together on this earth forever in my heart. The good memories we had together will never be forgotten. Until we meet again I love you❤️

  • Debbie Adams Pickard Posted April 6, 2020 10:24 AM

    My heart goes out to my family. This is so sad and unexpected. I will miss Wayne. We talked on the phone occasionally. I wish I had called more often. Love to my cousins who lost their brother. Love to his daughter and grandchildren. ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Brandi Hutsell Posted April 6, 2020 10:39 AM

    Sissy, I also sorry about your daddy. He loved you and those babies with everything he had. Please tell everyone I am thinking about them. If I can do anything…

  • Your cousin Mary and Terry Bennett Posted April 6, 2020 11:08 AM

    Praying for all of you. Rest in peace Wayne. Love you all

  • Glenn Carrell Posted April 6, 2020 11:50 AM

    May God Bless and Protect you Wayne.

  • Charish Wallace Posted April 6, 2020 11:56 AM

    Rest easy sweet Wayne. Loved hearing ur

  • Becky Davis Ziegler Posted April 6, 2020 12:00 PM

    My Heart is so sad ! You were part of our Family ! I loved hearing you play your guitar with my Brothers, Don and Jackie Davis. They also thought of you as a Brother and Best Friend. I Love you Wayne and will keep all the good memories together close to my Heart ! Rest in peace and love until we see each other again . 💞🌹✌

  • Libby Stein Posted April 6, 2020 12:04 PM

    I will always cherish the time we spent together on this earth and remember the good times we shared. You will be in my heart forever. Until we meet again I’ll love you forever ❤️

  • Gil Franklin Posted April 6, 2020 1:40 PM

    Wayne was a great guy who always had a kind words for everyone.A fine musician,a good friend, from a good family.

  • Donna Posted April 6, 2020 1:48 PM

    I will miss you so much we were together for a long time I wish it could have been longer
    I love you dear friend things will never be the same

  • Deb Finney Posted April 6, 2020 2:34 PM

    So sorry to learn that Wayne passed. Always enjoyed chatting with him when he would call the show. Condolences to his family and friends.

  • Benetiz Brotherton Posted April 6, 2020 2:42 PM

    My friend and brother, you encouraged me and Inspired me, you and your family took me into your home and made me family I’ll always be grateful to you for that! You’ll always be loved and missed! Godspeed brother!

  • Janet Wilson Posted April 6, 2020 4:08 PM

    Loved your singing… now you’re singing in the angels choir !
    Charlotte Daniels send her condolences .
    You will surely be missed.

  • Blake Love Posted April 6, 2020 4:43 PM

    Rest in peace cuz!!!

  • Cindy Posted April 6, 2020 5:09 PM

    Wayne was a great guy. He will be missed by many. Prayers for his family.

  • Charlotte Daniels Posted April 6, 2020 6:50 PM

    He had beautiful smile and was very funny

  • Barb Newman Fowler Posted April 6, 2020 7:48 PM

    ❤️ To all my cousins and Wayne’s daughter and grandchildren,I send my love and prayers .
    I am so sorry for this heartbreaking loss.

  • Lindsay Terry Posted April 6, 2020 9:49 PM

    I never knew you but you sure did have a wonderful daughter! I know you were proud!

  • Diana Northcutt Posted April 6, 2020 10:22 PM

    Wayne was one of my favorite cousins growing up. I will always remember him, all the wonderful times we shared as kids and I will hold him in my heart forever. We love you.

  • Dianna Ramsey Posted April 6, 2020 10:26 PM

    So sorry

  • James Newman Posted April 6, 2020 10:36 PM

    I will always love and miss my big brother. Rest in peace brother.

  • Brenda Noles Posted April 6, 2020 10:41 PM

    May he rest with the Angels. He will be missed.

  • Dennis Sherri Kevin and Kenzi Newman Posted April 6, 2020 10:47 PM

    Wayne is my idol. He always has been. Life will Never be the same.

  • Mark & Missy Davis Posted April 7, 2020 8:43 AM

    Thoughts and prayers.

  • Edwina Newman Posted April 7, 2020 1:04 PM

    R I P Cousin, I never got to meet you in person,but we had some great texting , about our Grandkids & our kids.

  • Teri Love Posted April 8, 2020 3:26 AM

    My thoughts and prayers for your loved ones. It’s obvious from all of the comments that you are mush loved and will be greatly missed. Rest in eternal love of the Lord.

  • Marjorie Ann McDaniel Posted April 8, 2020 7:21 AM

    You will be missed dearly I love you so much you love me so much we had a daughter together when I look at her I see you when she looks at me she sees you I’m so thankful that God put us together we pray together every morning when I was around you said grab my hand and let’s pray we did that every morning when I was around I just thank you Jesus that you use my vessel and he was saved and I thank you for using me to do that that’s the most precious thing that you can do for anyone is telling about Jesus I thank you father in Jesus Christ name that you used me for that man to be saved and he’s in glory looking down on us now Glory Hallelujah up there with your dad and my mom and are all the loved ones thank you Jesus for that no more pain no more Sorrows No More Tears he’s alive and living we talked about the future now I realize I’ll be seeing him very soon again Glory Hallelujah

    • Sheila Adams (Ferriel) Posted April 8, 2020 3:55 PM

      Cherish and never take anything or ANYONE for Granted.. God is real and will humble you without notice. Keeping the FAITH in God Above…AMEN

  • Brenda Bostwick Posted April 8, 2020 10:37 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about Wayne passing. Condolences to Crystal, Ann and Wayne’s family. Praying for you all. Rest In Peace Wayne. I will miss you until we meet again. Love you Wayne.

  • Sheila Adams (Ferriel) Posted April 8, 2020 11:18 AM

    The Lord has a plan for Wayne his work on Earth was done.. He left and impact on everyone that was Blessed to be in his life even if it was just a brief moment. Childhood memories are never forgotten and the love for a friend will never change even when you grow apart. Prayers and love for you and your entire life of family and friends..

  • Sheila Adams (Ferriel) Posted April 8, 2020 11:39 AM

    The Lord has plans for Wayne his work on Earth was done. He impact everyone that was Blessed to know him even if it was for a life time or just in the moment. Childhood memories are never Forgotten even if you grow apart. My prayers and Love for Wayne and his family and friends. Now he works for the Lord.

  • Steve and Janean Frazier Posted April 8, 2020 11:50 AM

    So sorry for your loss Wayne was a great guy. Praying for peace and comfort to all of his family and friends.

  • Tessi Brooks Ryan Posted April 8, 2020 4:30 PM

    I’m the daughter of Joe Brooks. On the behalf of him and the Brooks family. We give our condolences. Prayers for all!

  • danny joe mccloud Posted April 9, 2020 9:24 AM

    rest in peace Wayne. u will be missed. prayers .

  • Patty Bright Posted April 9, 2020 3:23 PM

    Wayne was one of the good guys. So to hear this. RIP

  • JACK BRUCE Posted April 12, 2020 10:20 PM

    Wayne, you will be greatly missed by family, friends, and everyone that ever had the opportunity of knowing you. Sleep well my friend, until we meet again.

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