Joan Marie "Meme" Irwin Newman
September 25, 1944 - December 27, 2017
Joan Marie Irwin “Meme” Newman, 73, of Kentwood, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Joan Marie was born in Victoria, TX on September 25, 1944. She attended Texas City High School. She married Al Newman on August 30, 1963. Joan and Al owned and managed Kentwood Raceway as well as Newman Blueberry Farm for many years. She was also a clerical worker for Pike Hospital and a dietician at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home. She’s a member of Taylor Creek Baptist Church. She always had a creative mind and her passions included her grandkids, painting, photography, sewing, crafting, gardening, etc. She LOVED the outdoors.
Joan is preceded in death by her mother, June Mangum Feagin “Texas Nanny”; father, Tull Hays Irwin; sister, Betty Irwin Dykes, and niece, Debra Ann Williams.
Joan is survived by her husband of fifty-four years, Al Newman; siblings, Corky Irwin and Clarence Feagin; daughter, Leslie Newman Hoffstadt and husband, Henry John Hoffstadt; son, Reese Deven Newman and wife, Lynda Edwards Newman; daughter, Tanya Newman McNabb and husband, Benny Wess McNabb; grandchildren, Brittany Hoffstadt, Hank Hoffstadt, Shelly Hoffstadt, Jacob Newman and wife, Haylea, Casey Newman, Dillon McNabb and wife, Shea, Kolby McNabb and Taryn McNabb; great-grandchild, Baylor Newman; niece, Tami Lang; nephews, David Williams and T. L. Kennedy.
Pallbearers will be Hank Hoffstadt, Dillon McNabb, Jacob Newman, Kolby McNabb, Casey Newman and T. L. Kennedy.
Visitation at Taylor Creek Baptist Church, formally known as The Lord’s Church, Kentwood, LA from 11:30AM until religious services at 2:00PM on Friday, December 29, 2017. Services conducted by Rev. Don Meadows. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood.
McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, LA in charge of arrangements.