Laura Augustine Newborn Deveaux, also known to some who love her as, Jeanette, was born
on August 5, 1944 in Tennessee to Geneva Newborn and Eddie Ray Newborn.
Her graveside service was held on Wednesday April 22, 2020 at Bolivar Community Cemetery at 11:00 am with Minister Larry Prince in charge. Dixie Funeral Home www.dixiefuneralhome.com was in charge of the professional service.
Laura went to John Adams High School in New York, but left to pursue other interests. Along her path of
discovery was her belief in God, which was always evident. She gave her love of God and belief
in Christian faith through service to others.
Our Mother was a mentor and counselor in a young boy’s group home, where after many years,
she accomplished obtaining her GED and became a civil servant for the NYC Police
Department and later retired as a P.A.A. She was such an incredibly strong and respected
woman; at work, within her family and with our community. She defined love and we embody
her so much.
Our Mother was giving, she opened up her home to anyone who was in need, even drove her
best friends and church family to appointments or to run errands. She felt God blessed her with
having a vehicle and whatever she could do for others with it, she would. She was gifted with a
beautiful voice and used that voice to inspire others and became a Choir Director for our Youth
at Humble Heart Christian Church. Her gifts and talents didn’t stop there; she gave of her
creativity and wrote music, played the organ, drew and designed. She later shared these
blessings and gifts in a new community; when she moved to Bolivar, Tennessee after our
Grandmother’s passing. Here she found a new church home.
The congregation members of Tate Road Church of Christ welcomed her with open arms. Soon
they became an extended family of Christ and she built an even stronger relationship with
Minister Larry Prince and his wife Shirley. God placed this wonderful family into our Mother’s life
with a plan. God is the greatest strategist having given my Mother a Church family that would
surround her with love and faith. The Prince family provided tremendous aide to our Mother
through her Cancer battle, in her transition and everything in between throughout her time here.
We are forever grateful for the devotion of both the Prince Family and the Tate Road Church.
Our Mother leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughter, Crystal Lee, son, Carl Lee,
daughter in-law, Vivian, grandson, Christian, granddaughter Camille, Goddaughter; Robbin
Johnson, along with friends and family. Particularly, her church community, Tate Road Church
of Christ and Minister Larry and his wife Shirley. Our Mother will be dearly missed but we know
she is with our Grandmother playing spades and watching over us.
Unto her children she bestowed forgiveness of others, a loving heart, incredible strength and the
power of God. Anything we endured in life, she always reminded us “God will never let us take
on more than we could endure”, and that was her favorite quote to us.
GRAVESIDE / COMMITTAL ORDER OF SERVICE
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