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In 1955, the Newman Funeral Home was established with the purchase of the Winterberg Funeral Home, in Grantsville. The Newman Funeral Home in Friendsville, MD was established in 1960, and later rebuilt at its present location in 1965. A third funeral home was opened in 1985, midway between the towns of Accident and McHenry and in 1990 the former Thomas Funeral Home in Salisbury, PA was purchased. On December 27, 2008, the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., was established in downtown Oakland.

D. Lynn and Carol A. Newman purchased the funeral home properties from his parents, Don & Ruth Newman in 1991. Lynn is currently the supervisor of the Grantsville, Friendsville, Accident, Oakland and Salisbury funeral homes. Lynn and Carol were married in 1984 and in 1985, Carol became fully involved in the firm, taking on the role of office manager. They are the proud parents of 3 sons, Geoffrey, Aaron and Cameron. The Grantsville facility was dedicated in memory of Donald J. Newman who passed away February 28, 1992.

Lynn received his AA Degree in Mortuary Sciencefrom the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville campus, in 1976 and his Maryland mortician license in 1977. In 1988, he received his Pennsylvania Funeral Directors license, and also holds a West Virginia Funeral Directors license.

From 1955 to 1979, the Grantsville facility changed its appearance several times. Then, in the late 1980’s, after the purchase of 3 lots adjoining Town Park, the funeral home was completely rebuilt on the Miller St. site in 1995. This state of the art facility was designed for the future to handle an increase in population as well as a diversity of services.

Due to a tornado, which seriously damaged the Salisbury Funeral home in 1998, the building was razed. After 3 years of planning, searching for land and obtaining permits, the Newman Funeral Home, Inc., was rebuilt at its present location ½ mile north of Salisbury. It was designed for convenience, and is totally handicap accessible, as are all of our locations.

On September 12, 2013, Lynn and Carol moved into their brand new building at 1100 Memorial Drive, Oakland, Maryland.  This facility replaced a previously leased location on Second Street. This state-of-the-art funeral  home encompasses approximately 17,000 square feet with seating capacity of nearly 200 in a church style chapel plus viewing rooms to accomodate small or large gatherings.  We also have a clergy room that allows clergy to meet with the families during viewings and before services.  Our selection room is also state-of-the-art in the funeral industry.  In addition, a reception room is available at no cost to our families.  This room can accomodate 160 people or more and can be used between viewings or for dinner after the services.  We welcome families to use the kitchen.  Restrooms are available next to the reception room.  Our parking lot can accomodate 120 vehicles.

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