On Saturday May 22, 2021, Barbara Jo Redd Walker Newman graduated from this physical life in Brighton, Tn. at the age of 71 years old into a heavenly life with the Lord due to natural causes.
She is survived by her husband Mike Newman, her daughters August Walker Spencer and Jesse Walker, her grandchildren Jaxon Charles Davis, Tessah Walker-Beck, Zeda Spencer, and Kyngston Walker. She also leaves behind her brother Johnny Lloyd Redd, her sisters Patsy Caldwell & Cindy Throne, as well as her many cousins, nephews and nieces, her special brother & sister in-laws Terry and Dorothy Newman. Lastly, but not least, she leaves behind many friends that she cherished as family throughout the years. She is reunited with her mother & father Cecil Redd & Henry Louise Redd Jr, her sister Joyce Ann Redd Millican, and some of her very best friends in heaven.
Barbara Jo Redd was born into this life on August 11, 1949 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tn. She attended Treadwell Elementary school, and later graduated from Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Arkansas. Shortly thereafter, Barbara attended college at Arkansas University in Jonesboro, Ark and successfully pursued her goal of a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Degree. She moved back to Memphis, Tn and had a short career as a physical education teacher before she started a lifelong career with the TN State Department of Health & Human Services where she worked as a counselor & later a supervisor in helping those in need. She then married Samuel Lee Walker, and had they had two children together, Jesse & August.
Helping those in need was her specialty. However, she was a talented gardener with the most amazing green thumb, an artist at heart, an adventurer of everything nature, and a lover of animals. With less words, she was a nuturer to all living things. Her favorite things were going to the TN river with her husband Mike, her beloved dog Izzy, and the rest of her family & friends, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Newman will be held on Friday, May 28th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Maley-Yarbrough Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 29th, at 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Poplar Grove Cemetery in Drummonds.
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