Mrs. Freda Lewis New, 98, of Barbourville, passed away Thursday evening, December 24, 2020 at The Heritage in Corbin. She was the daughter of the late Felix Tyler and Grace O’Roark Lewis born on September 22, 1922 at Evarts.
Freda began teaching school at Wallins Creek in Harlan County in 1942 and later taught at Green Road in Knox County. Later she became an administrative assistant at Union College, where she worked for over 30 years. In 1995, Freda was presented with the Homecoming Honoree Award from the college for her service and dedication. Freda was a member of the First Baptist Church of Barbourville, where she taught four-year olds in the preschool Sunday school department for 47 years. In earlier years, she enjoyed sewing, baking, reading and researching genealogy.
On November 28, 1944, she united in marriage with Max Edward New and to this union two daughters were born.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Max; four sisters, Frances Belzac, Mary Lynn Buchanan, Nancy King and Gladys Lewis and two brothers, Paul and John Lewis.
Survivors include her beloved daughters, Susan New Henson and husband, Nelson, of McDonough, GA and Nancy Lynn New of Barbourville; several nieces and nephews; among other loved ones and dear friends.
Her funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of the Knox Funeral Home Tuesday, December 29 at 1 P.M. with Rev. Tyler Shields officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Barbourville Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be Tony Todd, Mike Rice, John White, Ronnie Philpot, Steve Smith and Lee Worley.
Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday after 12 Noon until the funeral hour.
Expressions of sympathy may go to Moments with the Master, 384 Helton Branch Road, Gray, KY 40734 or Still Waters Youth Ranch, 122 Pine Street, Barbourville, KY 40906 in her memory.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Knox Funeral Home.
Please remember, during the continuing COVID-19 event, capacity restrictions, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings as mandated by the Governor of Kentucky will be followed during all services. We appreciate your help with these guidelines so we can continue to serve our community during these trying times in the safest manner possible.