American Veteran 09

Joseph Wheeler Newton

April 23, 1937 ~ September 23, 2021 (age 84)

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     Mr. Joseph Wheeler Newton, age 84, of Hawkinsville, Ga., passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.

     A visitation will be held in the Clark Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday evening September 28, 2021. A viewing will be held Thursday night September 30, 2021 at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley, Alabama from 6:00 until 8:00 PM (EDT) with a Military Graveside Service held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Fairfax Cemetery in Valley, Alabama.

     Mr. Newton was a native of Langdale, Alabama and a member of Broad Street Baptist Church. He was a textile Manager with Best Manufacturing and Opelika Manufacturing Co. He was a retired Veteran of the Navy, Army and National Guard. Mr. Newton was a member of the Lions Club and the VFW.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Wheeler and Celia Adams Newton; wife, Rita Janice Holland Newton; and a son John Wheeler Newton.

     Those left to forever cherish his memory include his daughters, Joan Newton Gordon (Shann) of Hawkinsville, Ga., Leah Newton McLeod (Marty) of Pinehurst, Ga. and Lisa Newton Long (Michael A.) of Haynesville Ga.; brother, Robert Earl Newton (Delores) of Cusseta Alabama; sisters, Annette Newton Hurd (Retired General Joseph Hurd) of Savannah, Tennessee and Teresa Newton Setherton (Don) of Valley, Alabama; nine grandchildren, Jordan, Dalton, Spencer, Sydney, Maddy, Madison, Kendall, Nathan, and Magan; two great grandchildren, Roman and Reid.

     Please visit Mr. Newton’s Memorial Tribute Page at to leave a condolence for his family, to share a memory of Mr. Newton, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.

     One can also sign the Clark Funeral Home online register at

     Clark Funeral Home of Hawkinsville, Georgia and Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.

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September 30, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley
3700 20th AVE
Valley, AL 36854

Graveside Service
October 1, 2021

11:00 AM
Fairfax Cemetery
US Highway 29 South and Magnolia Street
Valley, AL 36854

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