The unforgettable moment in time was July 31, 1959. It was then that twins Aubrey Ray and Anthony David made their grand entrance into the world. They were the beloved sons of Rev. J. S. Newburn and Betty Browning Newburn. Love played a key role in the development and shaping of their lives.
Aubrey was an active and lively little boy who accepted Christ at a tender age. He was a member of Mt. Morriah Baptist Church where he served with the Brotherhood. Aubrey and Anthony became a part of the Group Living family and Group Living would never be the same. Aubrey was a willing worker and made friends easily. He enjoyed playing softball, listening to Country music, wrestling and women’s basketball. Aubrey was an active participant with the Special Olympics and received several awards and medals.
Aubrey alike his brother Anthony, had impeccable taste when it came to their attire. His hugs were the tightest and his handshakes were reaffirming. He was passionate about enrichment activities and church.
On Sunday, March 12, 2023, he slipped the bonds of this life for a life of eternity. His independent spirit, iron-will and strong character will never be duplicated, but leaves an impression on the lives of those he touched and enriched along this life’s journey.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. J. S. Newburn (January 5, 2017), his brother, Anthony David Newburn (February 22, 2018), and his mother, Betty J. Newburn (April 28, 2022).
His presence will be greatly missed by his beloved sisters, Deborah (Jackie) Cotledge of Arkadelphia and Rochell Piggee of Arkadelphia; two nieces, Porchia Cotledge of Arkadelphia and Krissen Piggee of Arkadelphia, four handsome great-nephews, Jase A. Russell, Paxton Cotledge, and Xylen Piggee; a great-niece, Caileigh Russell. He also leaves aunts, Gertie Browning of Detroit, MI; Vera Walker of Chicago, IL; Beatrice Martin of Chicago, IL; Dorothy Lister of Arkadelphia, AR; Maureen Owens of Arkadelphia and Brenda Newburn of Malvern. He also leaves a host of cousins, numerous friends. He also leaves a host of cousins, numerous friends; his special friends Hulon Allen, Margaret Purifoy Goldsmith, Savada Harrison, Brandon Hart, and Martha Harris all of Arkadelphia; the Group Living family, and the Mt. Morriah Baptist Church family.
Public visitation will be Friday, March 24, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A service in honor of his life will be shared at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Mt. Morriah Baptist Church with Rev. J.L. Newborn, officiating and Rev. A.S. Newburn, eulogist. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2023, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Preston Johnson, Jr., Javon Nash, Gerald Browning, Eric Davis, Jason Peterson and Dionne Hopson. Honorable to mention are the Administration, Staff and Friends at Group Living and the Deacons of Mt. Morriah Baptist Church.