Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Feb. 24, 2017
Thomas Alfred Newbold
Thomas Alfred Newbold, 97, left his earthly home to join his
Heavenly Father on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Tom (a.k.a.
TA, Judge, Tommy) was born on September 28, 1919 in Flint,
Michigan. His parents were the late Alfred Thomas Newbold
and Glee Eunice Doolittle Newbold.
He is also preceded in death by his wife, Lois, (they were
married 63 plus years) and his brothers, William Charles and
James Lucas. Tom is survived by his daughters, Janet (Paul)
Ellis of Lubbock, Texas and Pamela Jo (John) Johansen of
Vernon, Texas; his sons, Richard Alfred of El Paso, Texas
and David Ross (Tammie) of Midland, Texas; his sister-in-law,
Dorothy (Bishop) Richards; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and by numerous
nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Tom grew up in Washington, D.C., Silver Springs, and Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated
from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. in 1937 and from The Loomis
Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut in 1939. He attended Benjamin Franklin University
and Gregg Shorthand School in Washington, D.C. He also studied with LaSalle
On January 2, 1943, Tom married Annie Lois Richards in Washington, D.C. For a few
months, in 1945 and 1946, Tom and his family lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he
worked as an office manager for a cement block plant owned by his father who was in the
building business. Tom and family moved to Midland in 1947 where he was employed at
Texas Electric Service Company. He worked there for 35 years, retiring in 1982.
Tom and Lois were among the 193 people who organized Westminster Presbyterian
Church in Midland in 1952; later in 1972, it became Trinity Presbyterian Church. He served
as Elder, Deacon, and Trustee, taught Sunday school, and served on two building
campaigns. He was also a frequent representative to Presbytery meetings and once
attended General Assembly. In 1952, Boy Scout Troop126 was formed and sponsored by
the church. Tom served on various committees and was Scoutmaster for several years. He
was fortunate to be able to attend Philmont Scout Ranch, once as Scout Commissioner, and
once as Webelo Leader. During his scouting career, he attended many adult Scout leader
training sessions and the College of Commissioner Science. He was a 50 year Scouter,
was awarded the Silver Beaver, and was a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. He also
served as District Commissioner and as camp manager at Buffalo Trail Council Camp for
two summers. Later, he was a member of the Midland Downtown Lion's Club.
Tom served in the United States Army at Fort Myer, Virginia beginning in 1942 and was
assigned to the Recruiting and Induction Station. The unit was later relocated to Fort Meade,
Maryland as a Separation Center. In 1950, Uncle Sam said, "I need you back," so Tom
worked in the Officer's Reception Section at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.
There will be a visitation at Ellis Funeral Home on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m.
A graveside service will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park on Saturday, February 25,
2017 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church Chapel
at 2:00 p.m. with Mary Beth Anton officiating.
Memorials may be directed to Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch at 1101 W Texas, Midland, Texas
79701, to Meals On Wheels at 3301 Sinclair Ave, Midland, Texas 79707, or to the Genesis
Center at 2800 W Louisiana Ave, Midland, Texas 79701.
Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.