Newell Smith Doty

06/20/1943 - 03/30/2024


Obituary For Newell Smith Doty

Newell Smith Doty (80) of Hendersonville, NC, was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, March 30, 2024, surrounded by his wife and three daughters. Born to Allen Render Doty and Ruth Greene Smith Doty on June 20, 1943 in Providence, RI, Newell grew up in Longmeadow, MA with his brother, Paul. He attended Williston Academy of Northampton, MA, Washington and Lee University and American International College, where he met the love of his life, Veronica (Ronnie), on a blind date. Ronnie and Newell were married on August 21, 1965 and together, they raised their daughters, Kristin, Katherine (Katie), and Elizabeth (Betsy), in Rochester, NY.

Newell was an insurance executive with Aetna Life and Casualty for 27 years before being drawn to the North Carolina mountains to fulfill his dream of running a B&B. He and Ronnie owned and operated The Orchard Inn in Saluda, NC, for nearly 5 years before his retirement.

An active outdoorsman, Newell was a lacrosse player in his youth and enjoyed running (17 marathons and many mini-triathlons), fly fishing, hiking, and golf. He served others as a former EMT, training his dog Hershey to be a therapy dog, and working with the backpack program at his Church, St. John's in the Wilderness.

Papa New, as he is affectionately known by his 6 grandchildren, will be forever remembered as a loving father and grandfather, who prioritized family time, never missed an opportunity to cheer on his grandkids, and kept us all laughing with his quick wit and corny jokes.

Newell is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ronnie, his daughters Kristin (daughter Molly) of Flat Rock, NC, Katie (husband Robb and children Abbey, Logan and Caroline) of Birmingham, AL, and Betsy (husband J.D and daughters Lyla and Paryn) of Edwards, CO. The family would like to thank the incredible staff at Tore's Home for their devotion and love of Newell and Four Seasons Hospice, who treated him with compassion and dignity.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Newell's honor to Memory Care of Asheville, NC and St John's in the Wilderness of Flat Rock, NC. A service of celebration will be held on Saturday April 13th at 11:00 in the morning at St. John's in the Wilderness of Flat Rock, NC. Hallelujah, He is Risen Indeed!

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  • 05/12/2024

    Ronnie, I just heard about Newell's passing. Sorry for the delayed response. I hope some of our old golfing buddies were at the service. I enjoyed my times with Newell and the opportunities to bring him over to the club for lunch when he was unable to drive. Reading about his quick wit, I was the object of his barbs sometimes and gave it right back to him which he enjoyed. I have been missing from our old golf group for a while because of health issues in my 80's now. And that is not my scores! Hope you are well. I'll sign this as I don't know how it works. Dave Bass

  • 04/25/2024

    Ronnie and family, I'm so very sorry to hear of Newell's passing. I know how much he will be missed by all those who were lucky enough to know him. I'll be thinking about you all in the coming days, weeks and months and keeping you close in thought. Lauren H.

  • 04/11/2024

    While we were so saddened to learn about Newell's passing, we know he is no longer suffering and feel truly blessed to have had Newell as a friend and neighbor here at The Oaks. We enjoyed hiking with him and treasure the laughs he always brought to us on the trails. Sending love and prayers to Ronnie and family....we and hope all the beautiful memories of this great man warm your hearts during this difficult time. Love, Don & Judy Owen

  • 04/08/2024

    Newell was truly a delight. Andy and enjoyed his company very much. We laugh when we remember "whose golf shoes " at Ronnie & Newell's party a while ago. Prayers Ronnie go your way to you and your family. Barbara & Andy Pytel

  • 04/07/2024

    It was a privilege and a delight to get to know Newell. His love and devotion to family was beautiful to see. We have lost a good man. May he be at peace. Pam Rogers

  • 04/07/2024

    Newell has been a long time friend, and I will miss him. He and I have shared many stories, golf games, and fun social times. He has been a loving example of service to others, always with a sense of humor. Truly Newell is a model to be treasured. Go in peace, my friend. Love, Charley Rogers

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