Donald "Don" Mark Newcomb, 62, of Fairfield Glade, passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Cumberland Medical Center.
He was born May 18, 1956, in Brockton, MA, son of the late Kenneth M. Newcomb and Priscilla J. (Matheson) Newcomb.
After proudly serving in the Army, Donald worked many years for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a loving husband, uncle and brother who will be missed by his family and friends.
Don lived most of his life on the South Shore of Massachusetts, near Boston. After retiring, he and Rachel began the search for what they wanted to do next. Friends had found their way to Crossville and loved it. After researching the area and visiting a few times, the decision was made. Don, Rachel, their dog Otto, and Don's Uncle Walter all left the cold winters of Massachusetts and headed south to Crossville, settling in Fairfield Glade.
As with many others, retirement was a new challenge for Don. But fate stepped in. He visited some craft fairs in Fairfield Glade and Crossville and struck up conversations with a few men who were woodworkers and his interest was sparked. He joined the Cumberland Woodturners in Crossville, an open and friendly group of people with like interests and always willing to mentor new members. Don liked woodturning but found it physically challenging. So he shifted his focus to something he could do sitting down, scroll saw work. With the help of his good friend and mentor, Bill Coons, Don practiced and improved his craft and spent many enjoyable hours in his garage wood shop. Don never sold his work but made many projects for new friends, old friends and family. When Don was approached by his good friend Ken Lamonda to see if he could make wooden signage for some benches Ken was making for the Friends of Glade Trails, he gave it a try and enjoyed the challenge. Don loved talking to people and struck up conversations easily. He was a man of strong opinions, not afraid to voice them, and sometimes took the opposite tack for conversation's sake.
He was a NY Yankees fan for many years, interesting considering he came from Red Sox Nation. Don loved to play cards and watch football and he sought out local people including some with a tie to New England. Through all of these interests and avenues, in four short years, Don had developed a network of very close friends.
He is survived by his wife, Rachel Newcomb of Fairfield Glade; uncle, Walter D. Newcomb of Fairfield Glade; and brother, Douglas A. Newcomb of Florida. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Donald is preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth M. Newcomb Jr.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. ( was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on December 26, 2018
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