UPDATE | Private funeral services to be held for former Augusta mayor

Published: Nov. 20, 2016 at 8:06 PM EST
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Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Funeral arrangements have been made for former Augusta mayor Lewis "Pop" Newman.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at a private ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, the family said the public can make donations to the CSRA Humane Society on 425 Wood Street in Augusta or to the Reid Memorial Music Ministry at 2261 Walton Way in Augusta.

Newman, 97, died on Sunday, Nov. 20. He was on the city council from 1965 until 1968. He became the mayor of Augusta in 1973 through 1981.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Former Augusta mayor Lewis "Pop" Newman has passed away.

According to an obituary from Platt's funeral home, Newman, 97, died on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. He was on Augusta's City Council from 1965 until 1968. He became Augusta's mayor in 1973 through 1981.

It continues:

"Mr. Newman served in the U.S. Air Force attaining the rank of Captain after the European Theater of Operation in N. Africa, in WWII. As a self-taught business man, he started several companies including Heating & Air, Cleaning Supply, and for 30 years was founder and owner of Launder House / White House cleaners.

Former Mayor Bob Young was a reporter when Newman was mayor. He said Newman would call him a "born troublemaker," he hopes affectionately.

Young also remembers Newman was mayor when the James Brown Arena was first built and when Broad Street was fixed up. He says, "Pop was a master of bridging political factions. I never knew him to hold a grudge. He was always a consummate gentleman, but you never wanted to underestimate him."

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.