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Newton “Newt” Bellard Owens – May 3, 2018

Newton "Newt" Ballard Owens

Newton “Newt” Ballard Owens

Newton “Newt” Bellard Owens, 59, of Amarillo died Thursday, May 3, 2018. Memorial services will be at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Trinity Fellowship Church, 5000 Hollywood Rd.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Newt was born October 28, 1958, in Waco, TX to Ahnjayala Nicole Thompson and Joseph Newton Bellard.  Being quarterback in high school allowed him the opportunity to play quarterback at West Texas State University where he enrolled after graduating from La Vega High School in Waco.

Newt was a favored softball and football coach at Amarillo High School.

Survivors include his mother, Ahnjayala Thompson of Vacaville, California; a son, Newton Jr.; a daughter, Makenna; a sister, Darlene Washington Hines and brother-in-law, Tim Hines; 4 nephews, Damont, Rasco, Sammie, and Will;  1 great-nephew and 6 great-nieces, 2 aunts, Gwen Stokes and Shirley McCoy; great-aunts, Vada Clayton and Norma Lee Clayton; 2 great-great-nieces; 1 great-great-nephew; a host of cousins; and so many friends and loved ones here in Amarillo.

Viewing will be from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the funeral home.


  • Renee Luers-,Gillispie Posted May 8, 2018 1:09 pm

    Newton was an incredible Coach and person. I was fortunate to have played softball for him at West Texas State University. The lessons I learned from him I still use today in my College Coaching career.

  • Tracy Titus Posted May 8, 2018 1:30 pm

    My condolences to the family. Newt you always a good friend to me & I will never forget you. The world has lost a great person. RIP Newton.

  • Jasmine Dickson Posted May 8, 2018 3:50 pm

    What a legacy Newt has left behind and the enormous amount of lives he touched. He was my coach, mentor, friend, and the man that managed to talk me into helping coach with him when I asked him to coach my daughter. I thought, what an amazing thing it would be to have the same man who coached me, coach my kiddo. I already knew how great of a job he would do. What I didn’t know or understand at the time, was the blessing of the experience he was giving me by having me coach with him. I finally understood why he did what he did and got to see a very small piece of his world and what he saw in me as well as so many others that he found joy in coaching. To his family, I am beyond sorry for your loss. God bless you all. Lifting you up in prayer.

  • Jim and Tammy Buchanan Posted May 8, 2018 6:39 pm

    Newt was such a great person. He was great working with the girls in softball. My husband each have memories of him and
    those memories bring smiles. Prayers for the Lord to give you all comfort at this time.
    He was an awesome man who do many will miss but I am sure he left us with many sweet memories.

  • Kent Haar Posted May 8, 2018 8:15 pm

    Always had a smile on his face. RIP Newt….

  • Sheryl Sooter Posted May 8, 2018 9:48 pm

    I am so very thankful to have known Coach Owens while at Amarillo High School. Always a fun guy, with a great smile, and positive attitude!! He sure loved coaching, and guiding the students, striving to see them succeed. He will truly be missed, and I will miss kidding with him when he was in the office.at AHS. Thoughts and prayers to the family, and so very sorry for your loss! God Bless!

  • Anita Benson Posted May 8, 2018 10:10 pm

    I will forever admire Newton Owens for the friend he was, the things he taught me on the field and the expectations he had of me as a person off the field. He watched over my little Averie during her days at AHS and let everyone know he was her “dad” and to be nice to her. I will always have so much respect for him and how hard he worked all of the time. I am going to miss our visits, I will miss seeing him around the softball complex and will miss watching him ref basketball games. He has touched my heart and my daughters and we are better for it.. prayers for the family and mulitie friends that have lost “our” Newt. My heart is so heavy.

  • Cathy Coleman Posted May 8, 2018 10:19 pm

    Newt (Coach Owens), thank for all your help with the football players in 2nd lunch. You will be missed for so many reasons.

  • Mickey Howard Posted May 8, 2018 10:44 pm

    What an awesome man, friend, coach , and confidant! He will be missed by so many but what a great positive person he was ! Rest In Peace my dear friend !

  • Dondee Brown Posted May 8, 2018 11:02 pm

    Newt you was always so good to me a great friend and you will never be forgotten..praying for comfort for your family. Rest high

  • Deborah Wootton Posted May 9, 2018 3:33 am

    I worked with him at midnight rodeo, he was a great guy and a lot of fun to work with. He will be very missed. RIP Newt!

  • Monte Sewell Posted May 9, 2018 5:55 am

    R.I.P my friend. You will be missed by all that knew you. You touched many over the years.

  • Jerrie Taylor Posted May 9, 2018 6:09 am

    There are no words to express the goodness of a man like Newt. The world has truly lost a great person. Fly high my friend and we will meet again.

  • Jamie Humphrey Posted May 9, 2018 7:11 am

    I pray that God will wrap the family & friends in a peace that only He can at a time such as this. Newt will be greatly missed by many. I was fortunate enough to know Newt from so very many years back & I treasure the friendship we had. We are one more Man down here on Earth but Heaven is one more Angel strong. Until we meet again my friend!!

  • lisa rodriguez Posted May 9, 2018 12:13 pm

    R.i.P. my friend. You will so be missed.

  • Aida Jones Posted May 9, 2018 4:42 pm

    Newton, thanks for your friendship and the memories. You sure knew how to light up a room with your awesome smile. Rest in Peace my friend until we meet again.

  • Shelli Miner Posted May 9, 2018 8:09 pm

    Newton was a great man. I was privileged to have played for him at West TexasState Universary. And watched him coach many more teams in slow pitch. Great times. He will be missed.

  • Sarah Herron Posted May 10, 2018 11:46 am

    His hugs were warm and inviting.
    His smile lit up the world.
    His laughter was like music and his jokes were interestingly funny.
    His friendship is blessing I’ll always be thankful for.
    God’s blessings for his family that they may know that this wonderful man is with his father in heaven and rejoicing in his rewards. I’ll miss you, Newt, you were truly one of a kind.

  • Michelle “Sanders” Green Posted May 10, 2018 3:44 pm

    You were a great softball coach. You will be missed dearly by all the softball players you coached.

  • Pamela Smith Posted May 10, 2018 10:37 pm

    My dear friend of 30 plus yrs…my heart is so heavy with your loss…you have always been a kind and joyful person and I am going to miss you so much…thanks for the awesome friendship amd I will see you again someday…REST IN PARADISE NEWTON…MY FRIEND…Sending my thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • Deborah Harding Posted May 11, 2018 10:35 pm

    Coach always made me smile at 5 am in the morning at the gym where we all worked out! We miss him at Zachs! I know he loved his students! We were all better for having known COACH! RIP Coach Newt!

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