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Frank Campbell Newbell, Jr.

On January 29, 2022, at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany (“Epiphany”) located at 1500 Hickory Ridge Road, Lebanon, TN 37087, a memorial service will be held at 11 A.M. for Mr. Frank Campbell Newbell, Jr., which will be followed by a light reception downstairs in the church. Visitation will begin at 10 A.M. prior to the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Epiphany or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Frank Campbell Newbell, Jr. passed away on January 18, 2022 at the age of 78. Mr. Newbell was born August 16, 1943 in Lebanon, Tennessee where he eventually attended Lebanon High School and is a member of the Class of 1961. After graduating high school, Frank went on to attend Vanderbilt University before transferring to Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. Shortly after graduation, Frank enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served five years, first in Thule, Greenland, then at Bentwaters Air Force Base in Woodbridge, United Kingdom (England). During his time in England, he met his lovely wife Jean Constance Beamish who he wed in 1970 and to whom he was married until his passing. Upon returning to the United States, Frank worked a brief time with the Tennessee Department of Welfare before taking a job in 1974 with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”). Frank worked most of his career with the VA. From the time he was in college, Frank had a passion for politics and activism. He served as president of the local chapter of AFGE, but readers of the Lebanon Democrat likely remember him for his frequent Letters to the Editor.

Frank is survived by his wife, Jean Newbell, his son Thern and Thern’s wife Trillia, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister Anne Tulle Newbell, father Frank Campbell Newbell, Sr., mother Margaret Maddux Newbell, and sons Richard Paul Gearing and Mark Robert Gearing.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Modupe Kehinde, MD and Benjamin Ferrell, MD, as well as to the many doctors and nurses who have provided healthcare to him.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Haywood Barry says:
    So sorry to read about Frank’s passing. While I did not know him closely, I thought his Letters to the Editor were well thought out ,to the point, and needed. I will miss his forthrightness. My condolences to his family.