ARLINGTON -- Hepzibah Newman, 89, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015. Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Fielder Church, 2011 S. Fielder Road, Arlington. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Interment: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, Fort Worth. Dr. Newman was born in the royal family of Sivagiri, T.N., S. India. She was the granddaughter of Zamindar Sangiliveera Pandian of Sivagiri, T.N. India. She was married to Ponnaiah Samuel Newman for 58 years. An educator for over 60 years, Dr. Hepzibah Newman, contributed to the establishment of Newman International Academy, gave her name to the school, and is making a positive impact on children and young adults around the world. She also co-founded Newman-George College in Arlington and was its first Chancellor spearheading its establishment and start. She is Founder-Principal of Krishnammal College, University of Coimbatore, India, served as Educational Secretary of RVS Educational Trust for over 25 years, and has established over 24 educational institutions, which now educates over 34,000 students. She also directed Brooke of Life, a ministry which has a local week-day training center for 150 children in Arlington, and a multifaceted international outreach. Survivors include sons, Isaac Rajakumar Newman and wife, Sujaritha, and David Ranasoora Veerapandian Newman; daughters, Mangaiarkarasi Sukumar Pandian and husband, Sukumar, and Dr. Sheba George (Superintendent of Newman International Academy of Arlington) and husband, Lazarus; sister, Pankajam Williams; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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  1. Dr. Hepzibah Newman was a woman of incredible faith, courage and strength. She was a living testimony to making education a meaningful, available and successful priority. Most of all, her fervent devotion and service to God whom she served was abundant in the countless lives she ministered to, enriched, touched and nurtured. There is no doubt the legacy she leaves behind will impact future generations. On behalf of the Board of Newman International Academy of Arlington, we offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the George Family.

    Solomon Meiyappan
    President

  2. Dr. Newman was an inspiration to us all and will be sorely missed. As the epitome of Christian womanhood, she was able to accomplish great things with God’s leading. She was a leader who envisioned what schools should be like and was able to carry out that vision. Thousands of lives have been touched positively by Dr. Newman. We will miss her and extend our deepest sympathy to all the family.

  3. Am sorry about your loss Dr. George, our family will keep you and all of your family in our prayers along with Dr. Newman. Am sure that the Lord will not forget all the great things Dr. Newman did on earth for Him. May her soul rest in peace. We love you Dr. George.

  4. Dr. George we will remember Dr. Newman as hope and love and keep her in our prayers and am happy that God is keeping Dr. Newman protected from evil and will now be loved by our Heavenly Father.

  5. Dear Dr. George am sorry for your loss, we will have Dr. Newman in our hearts. Am thankful for Dr. Newman making our amazing school. I will pray for Dr. Newman.

  6. Dr. Newman was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known! Such a mighty woman of God. She was so generous of heart. Dr. Newman had wisdom without measure and was so quick to share her knowledge and her Love. Heaven is rejoicing to have her home where she belongs with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ… No more pain ever.

  7. Dr. Newman impacted my life through her quiet example and her daughter Dr. George. God has used her in my life to help me become a better lover of Jesus and a future amazing teacher because she took a chance on me.
    I love you Dr. George and family

  8. We thank God for Dr. Newman’s legacy. She was a woman of faith and prayer. She had a warm heart for people in all walks of life. We are thankful Dr. Newman taught us to be true servants of God.
    Praying God brings Dr. George’s family and friends peace, comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  9. Dear Kulo annan & Sheeba akka, Thinking about you all and wishing we could be there in person for Newman aunty’s homegoing service. We are thankful that after many years we got to see aunty at Moses-Addy’s wedding reception and to spend sometime with her. We will treasure her blessings and heartfelt prayers for Josh & Caleb, her letters and precious memories from that trip. Sending you all our condolences and celebrating aunty’s wonderful life with you.
    with love,
    James, Prihitha, Joshua, Caleb Manoharan

  10. I didn’t have the fortune of knowing Dr. Newman personally, but admired her for who she was…a Godly woman who cared deeply for children. She will be missed.

  11. So grateful for the opportunity to meet Mother Newman. Mother Newman’s life as well as her transition to heaven affected each person associated with her. Anyone who saw her smile received their INAUGURATION of HOLINESS. An inauguration to serve and love at an even higher level of allegiance. I personally am thankful I received an even weightier sense of responsibility to serve because I was exposed to her.
    Dr. Newman’s life beamed rays of worshipping God and service to man kind that revealed GOD’S LOVE. Those uncompromising rays of dedication will continue to shine through the lives of the people she touched.
    Our school, Newman International Academy, was honored to have Mother Newman hold the position of Spiritual Monarch, which provided a Radiant Spiritual Covering for each of us. This was rare and almost non existant in the academic arena. We are now responsible to stabilize that covering through our relationship with Jesus Christ and one another at an even HIGER LEVEL OF LOVE. Her sacrifice in coming to us and provide this covering was too costly to let it dissolve.
    A person could not meet Dr. Newman and remain the same. Meeting her makes a person responsible to carry the Torch of Love she bodily displayed.
    All who knew her just shifted, whether we were ready or not to an even HIGHER SEAT of RESPONSIBLITY. As Mother changed seats to sit with JESUS so did we. Her legacy, and WE are ALL honored to inherit it, is beyond measure spiritually as well as professionally. She set a selfless example for us ALL to emulate as we continue on. The WORK MUST GO ON. She would not want us to brake our strides as we fulfill the vision. The vision which is two fold:
    1. Of of Loving God with All of Our Might and All of Our Souls.
    2. Of providing The Finest Quality Education program this nation or any nation has ever seen for our BABIES.
    Without the first the second is impossible .
    From Cradle to College is the Banner God Birthed in Mother. It must be our BANNER as well. We Must All Step UP– Hold the Banner that much higher— in Honor of Mother’s dedication to JESUS and the Love of Our Heavenly Father
    WHAT A WOMAN? WHAT AN EXAMPLE? Now we too, must all be better examples in honor of this Holy Woman of God and exposure to her.
    I LOVE YOU MOTHER NEWMAN,
    Demethria Ross 5th Grade ELAR/Social Studies Teacher

  12. Now that a Precious Seed is in the ground, prepare for a Mighty Harvest. This is only the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s promise and purpose to raise up Christian Schools and Universities in this Nation. The Legacy that Dr. Newman has left us will continue to impact the World. All praise belongs to the Most High God whose mercy endures forever.

  13. Our family would like to praise our loving Father God for sending precious Dr. Newman into our lives. She leaves a legacy of excellence and holiness for us to follow. We are grateful to be a part of the Newman family and count it an honor and privilege to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May our prayers lift you up and surround you with comfort that only the Holy Spirit can bring. We know of the pain of losing our mothers and also have been comforted as you will be. We love Dr. George and family and send our love and prayers to you at this time. The Scott Camp family

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