Mr. Marable lived to show God’s care and compassion to everyone he met. His legacy was a legacy of kindness and compassion etched in the hearts of both his immediate family as well as his “extended family of friends.”
In addition to his wife Millicent, their son, Newstell, Jr., their grandson Newstell III and fiancée Kristine Confer, and grandson Merritt, the memories of Mr. Marable’s devotion to demonstrating God’s compassionate love will always live forever as a special blessing in the
hearts of his brother, Sylvester and wife Rebecca Marable, Birmingham, Alabama; his sisters, Juanita (Marable) and husband Leonard Hightower, Reading, Pennsylvania, and Margaret (Marable) and husband Barton Seltmann, Pottstown, and his foster brother Sheridan Johnson, Stowe, Pennsylvania.
He was predeceased by brothers Alfonso Marable of Douglassville, Pennsylvania, and Henry E. Marable of Birmingham, Alabama.
Mr. Marable’s tender kindness brought the affection and lifelong devotion of many children who he called his grandchildren and great-grandchildren for love including Jasmine Brinkley, Raven Lee Brinkley, and great-grandchildren Alaysia, Sanai, Jayla, Kayden, Jake Miller, and Andrew Stobel. Perhaps most significantly, Mr. Marable has etched his name forever on the heart of his special little girl, Kiera.
Mr. Newstell Marble, Sr. made a tremendous difference in the quality of life of many people beyond his immediate family. He has brought a special blessing of joy and hope to countless people in his commitment to “seeking justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God Almighty” (Micah 6:8). His living kindness has carved his memory forever on the hearts of those lives he made less difficult and more joyful.
He lived a life that mattered because he made each life he touched matter to him as to God. That is true leadership because he influenced others by his own example.
He bestowed blessing through a life filled with many rolls of service to others both at home and in the larger community. For countless people of all ages and walks of life, Mr. Marable demonstrated true
leadership by serving others with integrity and courage. He mentored from personal experiences; guided with knowledge and insight; advised with wisdom; emphasized with true understanding; chastised with living kindness; battled courageously for justice while seeking truth and showing integrity; and encouraged many with endless patience. For Mr. Marable, “faith in God is love in action”.
Often, when all hope seemed gone, it was he who brought a fresh perspective to a situation, giving renewed hope, encouragement, and refreshed energy to persevere. He shall be dearly missed.
His leadership abilities developed as a combination of his education, military, employment, and community activities throughout his life. His education began in Birmingham, Alabama, where he graduated from Parker High School and earned his undergraduate degree at Alabama A&M University.
After two years in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, he rejoined other family members in Pottstown. He furthered his education, entering Temple University for graduate work in chemistry, electroplating, and metallurgy.
His work experiences as a chemist with Pottstown Plating Works, Inc., and as an electroplating Chemist with Techalloy Company, Inc., between 1955 to 1989 brought additional training and community service opportunities.
Mr. Marable’s role as the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) Representative at Techalloy Company, Inc., stimulated him to enroll in courses at Cheney State University, New York University, and the University of Michigan studying Social Awareness, Community Relations, and Management by Objectives (MBO) where he learned guidelines for supervisors and managers.
His lifelong commitment to justice and community service was firmly established as he also worked with the Pottstown Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), becoming the Branch President.
From 1967 to 1969, as the Community Organization Director for the Opportunity Board of Montgomery County, Mr. Marable initiated and coordinated the area programs in health, education and welfare for the Anti-Poverty Programs in Montgomery County.
Committed to public service, fighting poverty, and equal rights through jobs, housing, education, and health, he joined Gino’s, Inc. as the community relations manager for the Eastern Seaboard. From 1969 to 1977 he guided the executive staff and operations management in developing and implementing better community relations and employment practices.
His career and community service continue to coincide as he joined the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in 1978 and investigated complaints of alleged discrimination against individuals or minority groups in employment.
Employed as Sambo’s Restaurants, Inc. Regional Marketing Manager for the Eastern Coast, he was their EEOC Officer and Community Relations Manager from 1980 to 1982. Mr. Marable shared racial sensitivity with the management and persuaded them to change the name from Sambo’s, a name with racist overtones, to Seasonal Restaurants.
In 1982, he opened his electroplating company, TEC-PLATING Industies, Inc., in Pottstown. This experience led Lucent Technologies, Bell Lab Innovation to seek his expertise as an outside contractor to evaluate solder plating quality from 1995 to 1996.
Along with his community leadership as President of the Pottstown Branch of the NAACP, Mr. Marable continually served the community on many boards, councils, and committees.
Some of these included Community Action Committee of the Ricketts Community Center; Pottstown Community Center; Pottstown Community & Economic Development Action Strategic Community Leadership Team; Pennsylvania Council of Cooperative Extension Association; Pottstown 250th Anniversary Committee; Delaware Valley American Council; Christian Street YMCA of Philadelphia; Beech Street Urban Redevelopment of Pottstown; Health & Welfare Council of Montgomery County; Charter Member of the Opportunity Board of Montgomery County; Pottstown Human Relations; Equal Opportunity Council; Jaycees; Oxychem/Tri-County Area Community Advisory Board.
At time of his passing, Mr. Marable was an active member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Pottstown; Boyertown Area Unity Coalition; Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension as the Montgomery County Chairman; Montgomery County Community College President’s Advisory Council for Diversity; Pottstown Communicator’s Committee of Pottstown School District; Montgomery Lodge #1271; Housing Chairman, Pennsylvania State Conference of NAACP Branches.
Mr. Marable was still working to have Armand Hammer Boulevard renamed in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The family hopes that the community will recognize the inherent value of this initiative and come together to make it a reality.