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Who Harvey (Cal) Newman
When November 13, 2021
Where Chester, VA
What Harvey (Cal) Newman; Champion Fiddler; Old Dominion Barn Dance
 

NEWMAN, Harvey Calvin "Cal", of Chesterfield, departed this life on November 13, 2021, at the age of 88. He was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia, on November 27, 1932, the youngest of two boys, to Noah and Lena Newman.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 61 years, Dorothy "Dot" Colbert Newman, on June 8, 2020. He was also predeceased by his brother, Leonard Adolph Newman; and his parents, Noah Smith Newman and Lena O'Berry Moore Newman. He is survived by his nieces, Maxine Newman Newton, Anne Newman Pannill (Jim) and Carla Colbert Temple (Derrick); his nephews, Leonard Adolph Newman Jr. (Brenda), Thomas Richard Mays Jr. (Brenda) and Michael Keith Mays Sr. (Judy); and his sister-in-law, Doris Capps Colbert. He is also survived by his great-nieces, Kimberly Newton Bostain, Shannon Pannill Barnette (Eddie), Danielle Bookman Cummins (Joey), Ashley Dawn Mays Mann (Jonathan); and his great-nephews, Bryant Newton (Michelle), David Braxton Bookman (Ashley), Michael Keith Mays Jr., Thomas Richard Mays III (Nicole), Daniel Raymond Mays; and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews, including his fiddle protege, Maggie Bostain.

While faithfully serving his country, Cal went on to receive his GED. He served in the Merchant Marines for two years and in the U.S. Army for three. His last year of military service was spent touring and performing as part of a band formed from troops in the special services.

He worked at McGuire Television from 1956 to 1966 and retired from AT&T in 1991 after 25 years of service.

Cal Newman was one of the most respected fiddle players and musicians in country music, while also being the humblest. He was a seven-time Virginia State Fiddle Champion.

In the 1950's, he toured with the Osborne Brothers (Sonny and Bobby). In the 1960's and 1970's, he performed as a regular at The Hunter's Lodge in Fairfax, Virginia, which was host to famous musicians for years.

He was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in 1979.

He performed with the Old Dominion Opry in Wiliamsburg, Virginia from 1991 to 1997.

He was still performing well into his 80s, from 2015 to 2018, as a member of the "new" Old Dominion Barn Dance. He was the only member to have also performed on the original Old Dominion Barn Dance (1946 to 1957).

His love of his wife, Dot, his love of his numerous nieces and nephews and his love of playing music was prevalent his entire life. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home, Chester Chapel, w ith the interment following in Sunset Memorial Park, Chester, Va.

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