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Pat Newman passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she was receiving cancer treatment for metastatic triple negative breast cancer in the lungs. She was born Oct. 29, 1947, to Leenolar Martin Bennefield and Vester V. Bennefield.
Pat was a retired contracting officer for the federal government. Her work assignments included Fort McClellan in Anniston, Anniston Army Depot, Army Corps of Engineers in Hunstville, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Ga. During her career, she earned several performance awards including the acquisition of lead-free practice ammunition to reduce the environmental impact of lead in ground water while at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Pat is survived by her daughter and son by marriage, April Lee and Shanan Nicholls of Queensland, Australia; sisters, Carolyn (Oliver) Newman, Judy (Jackie) Bright; brothers, Carlis (Vickie) Bennefield and Jerry (Debbie) Bennefield.
Pat was blessed by a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her oldest sister and brother-in-law, Virginia V. and Edd Sweatmon.
Special friends of Pat included Hal Hutchins, Luann Groover, Jesse Phinney and Laurie Jones. During her two-year battle with cancer, Kathy Sweatmon (niece), Jackie Bright (brother-in-law), and Judy Bright (sister) worked tirelessly preparing her food, giving her advice and getting her to treatments and doctor appointments, whether it was at UAB or Scottsdale, Ariz.
She was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church in Brunswick, Ga.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Red Hill United Methodist Church, Pastor Lula Dobbs officiating.
Once Pat's monument is set at the Holly Pond Cemetery, her ashes will be sealed into the headstone.
Published on October 24, 2017
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