Michael Wayne New Jr. was born on August 24, 1978 at Chippenham Hospital. Our sweet Michael passed away peacefully at Chippenham Hospital, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, November 18, 2021. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Doris and Bubba Gentry; maternal grandmother, Joyce M. Kellison (Nannie); paternal grandfather, Wayne New; two uncles, Greg and Chris New; one cousin, Billy Maynard III. Michael is survived by the light of his life, his loving daughter, Alyssa New; parents, Mike and Cathy New; his baby brother, Bryant and his wife, Stacy New; nieces, Tara Mae, Charlotte Rose; nephew, Maximus Alexander; maternal “Pop”, Donald Kellison; uncle and aunt, Billy Ray and Mary Maynard; aunts, Lisa Allen and Theresa and Doug Stillwell; devoted aunt and uncle, Sue-Sue and Robbie Seay; devoted cousin and friend, Tara Garner; three long time best friends, Jason Roope, Woody Vaughan, and Matt Graham.
From his daughter, Alyssa: My father was many things. Words cannot begin to describe his heart, and his soul, and just his personality. Michael would give you the shirt off his back. He could and would light up anyone’s day. He was the craziest, funniest, sweetest guy in the universe. He was by far the best Diddy in the world. He might not have been a normal Diddy, but hey, he wasn’t normal anyway. He was my Diddy. His craziness and laugh were contagious. I’m going to make sure his memory lives on forever.
From his mother, Cathy: My son Michael was very intelligent. He was true to himself. You either accepted him or not. Michael didn’t change for anyone. He would say everyone has the right to their own opinions. I’m me, I don’t care what others might think. Michael and I (Mama) grew up together. He was not only my son, he was my best friend. Michael never walked out of a room or hung the phone up without saying I Love You. Michael has left us with some wonderful memories. Michael always loved his Lil BB. Michael would tell me “Mama I gave BB that name”. Michael would always tell me “I didn’t know what love was until I had my beautiful daughter Alyssa”. Alyssa brought so much joy and love into Michael’s life. Alyssa wanted to say her “Diddy” is forever a badass. My son, my baby, you took a piece of me that day. Rest in peace my beautiful angel. I love you always.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 14409 Aldengate Rd., Midlothian, Virginia 23114. Please DM Cathy if you’re coming. Thank you.