Raymond Wallace (Ray or R. W.) New, of Houston passed away on Sunday morning, November 25, 2018. He was born on June 20, 1944 to Elmer and Veta Mae New in Ralls, Texas. Ray spent most of his childhood in Morton, TX and Martha, OK. In 1962, he and his parents moved to Tahoka, TX. On August 29, 1964, he married Sheryl Anne Nevill in Tahoka. They moved to Houston on January 1, 1967. He was a senior technician for NCR for 6 years, and at Xerox Corporation for 32 years, retiring in 2005. He was a devoted Christian husband, father, and friend, who was adored by his family and loved by all who met him.
Ray had a brilliant mind and could design, build, or repair anything. He enjoyed NASCAR, golf, reading, Bible study, travel, the company of good friends, and delighted in playing music on his mandolin and guitar, alongside his wife, Sheryl.
Preceded in death by his parents; Elmer New and Veta Mae New, Ray is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sheryl, daughters Shelley DeLise Bates, Laurel Amber New, and Layce Autumn New.
According to Ray's wishes, a celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, Tahoka, TX at 2:00 pm, with family receiving friends following the service. Interment will follow at the Tahoka Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Ray may be made to:
Mountain View Bluegrass Association
c/o Music Roots Program in Memory of Ray New
17624 Hwy 66
Mountain View, AR 72560-8488
All donations support the Music Roots Program at the Mountain View Middle School, Mountain View, AR. Their mission is to provide middle school children with instruments, free of charge, along with music training to keep the rich heritage of bluegrass music alive. Ray was very impressed with the concept, the program, and the amazing performances he enjoyed from the students.