Andrew Newell
Andrew Newell

Obituary of Andrew R. Newell

Mr. Andrew Russell �Drew� Newell, age 22, of Boone passed away Saturday morning, November 24th at Johnson City Medical Center. Born November 16, 1985, in Watauga County, he was the son of Brian and Sallie Ellis Newell. Andrew was a student at Caldwell Community College and was employed by the Gamekeeper. Surviving are his parents; Brian and Sallie Newell of Boone, two sisters; Brianne Thurman and husband Joshua of Fort Myers, Florida, and Jackie Newell of Boone, his paternal grandparents; Jack and Frieda Newell of Abbeville, South Carolina, his maternal grandfather, William J. Ellis of Mountain View, Missouri, and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Hazel Lackey Ellis. Drew was the boy every mother wanted their daughter to marry. His smile would light up a room and his friendly manner made everyone feel welcome. Like the rest of his family, his mother and father, Sallie and Brian, his older sister Brianne and his younger sister Jackie, he was a popular person. There was a simple reason for that; he and they love other people. It is the number one sign of being a Christian and he was above all else a person who knew the Lord. He was also a person who loved being with his many friends. Throughout his boyhood he excelled at a number of sports. Typical of many Watauga County boys he spent many happy hours skiing and then later snowboarding at the various local ski resorts. This past winter, he fulfilled a dream of living out in Colorado at a ski resort where he was able to snowboard on the �big hills�. He had the best of his parents in him: good looks, sense of humor, love of fun, inclusiveness of others, athletic ability, and a great appreciation for friends and family. Funeral services for Mr. Andrew Russell �Drew� Newell will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o�clock at the Boone United Methodist Church. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 o�clock. Graveside services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Newell Family Fund, in care of High Country Bank, 149 Jefferson Road, Boone, NC 28607, or Boone United Methodist Youth Ministry, 471 New Market Boulevard, Boone, NC 28607 or to Santa�s Toy Box, PO Box 1337, Boone, NC 28607. On line condolences may sent to the Newell family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Newell family.