Martha Jean Roberts Newell, age 89, of Dayton, TN passed away at home on November 22, 2021.She was a life-long resident of Rhea County and a member of First Baptist Church of Dayton. Martha was a former Sunday school teacher, loved to cook and entertain, and was an avid collector of Santa Clauses. She was known far and wide for her Santa Claus collection and shared her love of Christmas with everyone she knew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Lois Roberts; her husband, Joe Green Newell; brothers, Joe and Jimmy Roberts; and sister in law Jerry Roberts.
Martha is survived by her son, Steve Newell, Sr. of Dayton, TN; daughter, Janet Sexton and husband Tony of Sevierville, TN; sister-in-law Sue Roberts of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren, Charley Sexton and wife, Linnie, Rev. J. Stephen Newell, Jr. and wife Tricia, Angie Newell, and Andrew Sexton and wife Kaitlyn; six great grandchildren; and several beloved nieces and nephews. With heartfelt thanks to Joy, Sherry, and Barbara for their care and comfort.
Service will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 in the chapel of Coulter Garrison Funeral Home with Rev. J. Stephen Newell, Jr. officiating.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Coulter Garrison Funeral Home.
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