Elroy Newman


Elroy Newman, 78, of Gonzales, Texas passed away on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Mass is under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas and will be held on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Saint James Catholic Church in Gonzales, Texas with Father Jason Martini officiating. Interment will follow at Gonzales Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be at Buffington Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 5 until 9 p.m.

Elroy was born on May 22, 1942 in Cuero, Texas. He was the son of Stanley and Lunise (Newman) Wilkerson. After high school, Elroy joined the U.S. Army and served his country for 22 years. Upon his retirement from the military, he worked at several different jobs to keep active. Elroy married Pauline Tuch in Gonzales, Texas on Oct. 18, 2006. Elroy liked to go fishing and having barbecues with his family and friends. He liked to watch sports, especially baseball and football. He also to watch westerns on tv. He liked to work on cars and he liked fast cars. Elroy loved to play games with his grandchildren.

Elroy is survived by four sons: Steven Gonzales, and his wife, Melinda of Gonzales, Texas, Nick Gonzales, and his wife, Carmen, of Gonzales, Texas, David Gonzales and his wife, Margie, of Gonzales, Texas, and Leroy Tuch and his wife, Terry, of Gonzales, Texas; three daughters: Pamela Hernandez and her husband, Jesse, of Katy, Texas, Debbie Thomas and her husband, Keith, of Katy, Texas, and Shirley Johnson and her husband, Johnny, of Luling, Texas; two brothers: David Wilkerson and his wife, Nadine, of Scottsdale, Kentucky, and Michael Wilkerson and his spouse, David Ball, of San Antonio, Texas; one sister: Jessica McKinney and her husband, Nicky, of Gonzales, Texas; 16 grandchildren, and 16great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Stanley and Lunise Wilkerson; his loving wife: Pauline; one brother: Thomas Wilkerson; one sister: Jaqueline Smyth; and one grandson: Jonathon Gonzales.

Pallbearers for Mr. Newman will be; Hunter Gonzales, Noah Gonzales, Tristan Hernandez, Samuel Hernandez, Nicki McKinney, and Aaron Johnson.

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