Who was Brian Newman?
Brian DeQuincey Newman was a former Columbia city councilman who belonged to a well-known South Carolina family active in law and civil rights. He was the son of S.C. circuit court judge Clifton Newman and the brother of Supreme Court circuit court judge Jocelyn Newman. He was also the great nephew of the late Rev. DeQuincey Newman, a pioneer and civil rights icon in the Palmetto State.
Brian Newman was a Columbia lawyer who was elected to City Council in 2010 at the age of 27, making him the youngest person ever elected to that governing body. He served the District 2 seat that had been left vacant by his predecessor, E.W. Cromartie. He was reelected to a full council term in 2012 and worked through 2015 when he opted not to run again. He graduated from Morehouse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, and founded his own firm in 2013.
How did Brian Newman die?
Brian Newman passed away on January 3, 2024, at the age of 40.
How did Brian Newman impact his community?
Brian Newman was remembered by his friends and colleagues as a “gentle giant” with a heart for helping others. He was involved in various civic and charitable organizations, such as the Columbia Urban League, the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the Richland County Public Library. He was also a mentor to young people and a champion of education, economic development, and social justice.
Brian Newman was praised by Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, who called him a “dear friend” and a “great leader.
What are the funeral arrangements for Brian Newman?
Funeral arrangements have been set for Brian Newman. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday morning. His funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. The service will be open to the public, but social distancing and mask wearing will be required.
Brian Newman is survived by his wife, Tiffany, and his two children, Brian Jr.
Brian Newman’s death is a huge loss for the Columbia community and the state of South Carolina. He was a man of integrity, compassion, and excellence, who dedicated his life to serving others and making a positive difference in the world. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, and leader. May he rest in peace.