MORRIS LYMAN NEWNHAM, 91, of Dallas, TX died on
Jan. 24, 2014.
Born in Ranger, TX on June 19, 1922, he attended
Ranger High School in the Class of 1939 but later
moved with his parents to Longview where he grad-
uated from Longview High School. He graduated from
Rice University and soon commissioned in the Navy
from the US Naval Academy in WWII. He served as a
Naval Officer aboard the U.S.S. Boston in the South
He married Roberta Newlin of Houston and they moved
to Ranger where he operated Ranger Frozen Foods. He
served as President of the TX Locker Plant Association.
During those years, he served as President of the
Board of Regents of Ranger Jr. College, Rotary Club
and Ranger Jaycees. He also served on Ranger City
Commission before election to mayor from 1961-1968.
He was president of the Mayor's and Councilman's
Association of the Texas Municipal League. He served
on the Board of Directors of First State Bank. He
was a member of the First United Methodist Church of
Ranger & served as President of the Board of Stewards.
Mr. Newnham retired in 2012 from RBC Securities where
he was a Senior Vice President.
At the time of his death, he was survived by his loving
companion for 38 years, Carolyn Lee of Dallas, TX; his
wife Roberta Newnham; a son Ray Newnham (RHS-1965); a
daughter Nancy Oliver (RHS-1969); 4 grandchildren and
six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his sister Catherine Newnham McMillan (RHS-1933
WIFE: BILLIE ROBERTA "BERT" NEWLIN NEWNHAM was born
Jan. 2, 1925 in Vincennes, IN passed away Dec. 20,
2019; two weeks shy of her 95th birthday. She was
preceded in death by her parents Lowell and Mabel
Newlin, her husband Morris Newnham and her son-in-
law Al Oliver.
Bert graduated from Rice University. She was Vice
President of her class, a member of the O.W.L.S
Literary Society and was selected one of the top
ten beauties. She went on to receive her teaching
certificate from the University of Houston. Bert
taught dancing at her studios in Ranger & Becken-
ridge and she and Morris owned Ranger Frozen Foods.
She was a member of the Methodist Church of Ranger,
47 Club and was an active bridge player. She was a
lifelong Democrat who hosted a voting precinct in
her home at Lake Leon for over 20 years. Bert really
enjoyed traveling with family and friends.
Bert will be deeply missed by her son Ray Newnham
and daughter Nancy Oliver; grandsons Cash McElroy
and wife Joy, Matt Newnham and wife Carri; grand-
daughters Shelby Wade and husband Greg, Allison
Haertling & husband Peter; 9 great-grandchildren,
Caleb, Jackson, Mackenzie, Ryan, Amelia, Beau,
Cash, Vivienne and Georgia.
Mrs. Newnham will be remembered and celebrated on
Monday, December 30th at 2:30 PM in Ranger, Texas
at Edwards Funeral Home followed by a graveside
service at Evergreen Cemetery.