Charlotte Williams-Newton had been around Teddy most of his life. Her children and grandchildren had shared in Teddy’s life throughout many family visits, and reunions over the years. Char was not just Teddy’s great Aunt, but was also Donna, Karen’s, and Brian’s Aunt.
Donna’s first cat, Pudgy was given to her by Char in 1970.
Because Char lived with the Roberts family for many years, she knew all too well of the love and support her two nieces felt for furry family members. Char had a deep love for animals, herself, and had many “babies” of her own as a part of her own family during the years that her children were growing up.
“I have always had a soft spot for my furry friends, especially dogs. Most of my dogs have been rescued/adopted from the shelters, except for Andrew. We had a dog from a neighbor in San Diego when Barb was a baby - he was funny”.
Char was with Teddy and his Mama via phone the last night of Teddy’s life. She had been a part of TBC from the very beginning and had worked on the mission, adding to the structure, had worked constantly with co-Board Members on the outreach to the local community, which included a visit to the PIHT/TBC first annual talent show, worked on marketing ideas, worked on the Teddy Awards, worked very closely with the President of TBC, and fully supported the legacy of Teddy that all animals have the right to the best quality of life through whatever means are possible. While Char visited the local area, she was able to take a tour of WACC, and was very impressed with the hospital and staff, and was very proud to be a part of TBC that supports WACC, where Teddy was cared for in such a respectful way. Char was the Founding Vice President of TBC, and had recently adopted a new member to her family in 2014. “Bama has come into our hearts to not fill the void of the years without Andrew, but he is truly a loving - crazy - funny dog himself.”
TBC‘s Founding Vice President, Charlotte Williams-Newton passed away on August 25, 2014.
In short, we remember Char this way: Along with Donna the two spear-headed the beginning works, and outlined the format of TBC. Char was there in creating the name, to the selecting the founding Board Members, and into the first year of operation. Some of her work included: designing the brochure that has been archived today, assisted with the mission statement, created the certificates for the volunteer work, helped to design the format for the annual talent show, and developed the dream for TBC to one day purchase an emergency vehicle for TBC.
TBC greatly misses Char working with us today and will forever place her in our hearts each time we are able to save a life through the work she accomplished with TBC. As an on-going Memorial in her name TBC will be selecting a volunteer to receive a special award bearing her name as: The Char Newton TBC CARE Award. For this the candidate will have had to bring into TBC the most contributions for that entire year.
Laura came to TBC as a devoted lover of animals. She had a very full quiver of furry babies at home: Titan, Buddy, Haven, Scooby, Coco, Nenvah, & Meeka. She learned about TBC from a local TBC table market, and signed up as a volunteer right away. She wanted to do something that would allow her to be a part of an organization that abided by her motto in life: "I love animals, they are precious and deserve attention and love." TBC later welcomed Laura on staff as Volunteer Coordinator. She had a lot of great ideas for her volunteers, and fund raising ideas some of which are still active in TBC today. On March 27, 2015 Laura passed away suddenly, and the TBC Board or Directors, Staff, and her volunteers greatly miss her.
We remember Laura as a person who had a lot of love to give to the fur-babies that TBC helped. She jumped into the position of Volunteer Coordinator as soon as it became available! She had a lot of ideas, and was looking forward to working closer with the volunteers of TBC. She helped out with the TBC's Got Talent Show 2014, and was always willing to dig in and get dirty with everyone else whenever needed. Laura loved her seven fur-babies, and would always show us pictures of them every chance she could! TBC was given custody of three of her babies after her passing: Titan, Buddy, and Haven. Haven was adopted by one of TBC's volunteers, while Buddy, and Titan at the writing of this are still looking for a forever home. They are being fostered through a TBC private home.
Laura's service was held March 31, 2015, and TBC was honored to be a participant of the service. Laura's name and title was inducted into the private cemetery connected to TBC later in 2015.
Lynn came to TBC only almost a year ago August 25, 2017. She came to us with great plans, and ideas for the growth of TBC! She was very excited to be able to share her talents with TBC, and often in conversations with her close buddies who also came to TBC, mentioned how much she felt appreciated and accepted by the entire TBC LOVE Team members. Lynn was intensely seeking ways to raise funds for our building project when she passed away.
She spent many hours working with TBC in preparation for our cash bashes, raffle tickets, preparing food(s), and all other events and fundraisers. She donated the donation cans that are still being used for the collection of funds for our facility. She donated our TBC ball caps, scarves, id bracelets, delivered cat & dog food to residents in the Fayette County area that were unable to buy food for their fur-babies. Lynn would even deliver food to the owners if they didn’t have enough to eat. She also made it her business to help anyone who needed her, whether human or animal! And that’s just the “tip of the iceberg” of the many, many things she would do.
Lynn was a member of the TBC Event Committee, and was a very important link to many of the fundraisers that were planned. Often times Lynn would make things happen when we didn’t even know they needed to happen! She had an attitude about her that if it was for the best of the rescue, let’s make it happen, and she did! Lynn had two fur-babies of her own, Peyton and Lucy golden retrievers. Peyton passed away shortly just before Lynn came to TBC. She purchased the cash bash tickets for her first cash bash with us in Peyton’s memory! Lucy today is living with a friend and is being cared for and loved.
We at TBC cannot express our deep sorrow and loss to not have Lynn with us in person any longer, but we keep her with us in our hearts. In her memory the TBC Board of Directors is in the process of creating a scholarship fund that will assist to train new Humane Police Officers (HPO’s) for both Greene and Fayette County. We feel that to truly understand the depth of how Lynn felt about TBC it is best to read her own written words as follows” “I am a volunteer for TBC and proud of the work that is being done by a small group. I have been an animal lover all my life, and have tried to help the people in Fayette County be more educated to realize pets are not disposable and need care.”
Many of the things she was involved in would not have gotten done without her on the LOVE TEAM... she went above and beyond!
Brian was an "Uncle" to Teddy and had known him from his early puppy days. He traveled with Teddy and "Mama" for visits with family throughout Teddy's life. Brian was the driver for most of all the emergency, urgent, and critical runs to Woodlands Animal Care Center, and also one run to a West Virginia Emergency Hospital. Brian drove the car for Donna so that she could be with Teddy, to help keep him calm and warm.
On the last night of Teddy's life here on earth, Brian was with them at their side. He made sure that sister Karen, Aunt Char, and Teddy's god-mother Jenn were able via speaker phone to be with Teddy & Mama as he quietly left this earth. "That is what a brother and an Uncle does in times that require him."
Brian is a lover of anmials, and has had many puppies of his own. TBC is something that Brian has been a part of TBC inside and out, since the conception of the organization. He was a Judge for the first annual PIHT/TBC's Got Talent event, he has worked with TBC with his Movie making talents, under BubbaGroup Entertainment. He also manages the TBC web site.
Brian fully believes in, and supports the mission of TBC. To keep the legacy of Teddy’s demeanor alive and strong; through the dream of helping people who understand that an animal in the home, is not a pet... They are Family, and deserve the right to any and all life saving means available!
Brian is best known to his close friends and family as "Bubba" and can't hide his deep love like a great big teddy bear for the underdog! He is a protector of life!
On March 15, 2019 we lost Brian very suddenly and tragically to a work related vehicle accident. Our loss of Brian has been one of the hardest for TBC, and for his family which includes members of TBC. At the time of his passing Brian had left the seat of Treasurer, and stayed on the Board of Directors as Trustee. He played many roles within the organization, and many of them were vital roles for TBC. He created the logo for TBC in 2013, created the two event banners, attended many fundraisers and also was a Judge for the two talent shows that TBC held in early years. Brian’s talent and computer skill’s was invaluable! He was a humble man and when he made the logo, he kept his picture out of it. Today we have included it in his memory. He was not just a contributor of his time and talent, but also donated out of his own pocket in many ways to help the growth of TBC. He volunteered many times as an emergency driver for animals that needed to get to the hospital quickly, and made several service calls along with his sister Donna. We could not possibly list all the wonderful ways that Brian help TBC. We would like to remember Brian in a special way in the form of an award for our volunteers. At this time that award has not yet been decided. The following quote was taken from the eulogy read at his funeral:
“ When he shall die take him and cut him out into stars and he shall make the face of Heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun”.