The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Michael Elwood ‘Mike’ Newborn, the oldest of eight children born to the union of the late Elwood and Gerrien Willis Newborn, was born March 11, 1949 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. As an infant his parents presented him to the Lord by way of Christian baptism at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. At St. Paul he was involved in Sunday School, and ACE League. As a young adult he united with Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Mike as he was known to the family and community attended historic Peake High School.
Michael work career covered three states and various occupations. While living in Ohio he worked for the Cleveland School System, and an independent painting service; in Michigan he worked for Ford Motors and Mattel Toys, and in Arkansas he worked for Tidwell Carpet & Vinyl Installation. Upon retirement some 30+ years later he returned to Arkadelphia to help in the care of his father, Elwood.
Michael enjoyed fishing, listening to music, and being the life of the party. Upon his arrival back to Arkadelphia he re-united with Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he remained a faithful member until his untimely death.
Michael was married to Cheryl Maudlin and to this union Rickey Lamar was born; his marriage to Annie Lee, his daughter Kizzie Lynette was born; and his marriage to Thelma Ray his son Michael Elwood was born. Mike loved family and enjoyed as much time as he could with his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins and his special friend Pam Mitchell.
Michael was preceded by his aforementioned parents, three brothers: Rickey, James “Spike” and Joe Charles “Ike”, grandmothers Mary Ellen Logan and Joe Willie Scott, grandfathers– AJ Willis and Paul Newborn.
Those left to cherish his smile, quick wit and love are his two sons, Rickey and wife Rhonda, Michael and soul mate Tanya, his daughter Kizzie; stepsons Robert & Joseph Ray; his grandchildren, Sharonda Henry, Kanelle Fox, Javontea Duckett, Danttrell Duckett and McCentry R. Neal, Jr.; his sisters, Rennea and Calvin Tidwell, Vickie and Lynn Blue, and Gloria Newborn; his brother, Emmett and wife Sherry Newborn; nieces, Letia, Nicole, Wanisia, Dayna, Adrienne, Ciara and Elexas; nephews, James, Isaac, and J C Newborn; one uncle, Jesse Paul and wife Patsy Newborn and sister-in-law Claretta Newborn.
Submitted by the Newborn Family
Public visitation will be from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 with the family and friend’s hour from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be a 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Dr. Lewis A. Shepherd, Jr., eulogist. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.