The Reverend James Milton Newton, age 69, of the Lake Harding Community, Alabama passed away on Thursday, July 15th, 2021, at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama. He was born on May 13th, 1952, in Langdale, Alabama to the late William and Willie Jo Nix Newton.
Reverend Newton is survived by his wife, Gwen Shockley Newton; children, Patricia Newton Higdon (Troy) and James Newton (Amanda); siblings, Barbara Stone, Larry Newton (Arlette), Susan Daniel (Ron), Terry Newton (Kathy); sister-in-law, Joanna Newton; grandchildren, Jenna Strawder (Dylan), Claiborne Newton, Abby Higdon, Noah Higdon, Cadence Newton, Isaac Newton, and Ashton Newton; great grandchildren, Rylee Strawder and Rowan Strawder.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Billy Wayne Newton; and brother-in-law, Roderick Stone.
Reverend Newton was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army National Guard. Over the years he served as Pastor at Standing Rock United Methodist Church, Midway Methodist Church, Harrington Heights Methodist Church, and Plant City United Methodist Church. He had formerly worked as a building contractor and for West Point Pepperell. He was a big Auburn University fan. His grandchildren and family were very important to him.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 18th, 2021, at 2:00 PM (EDT) at Langdale United Methodist Church in Valley. Interment will follow in Johnson Memorial Gardens. The Reverend Mike Stonebreaker, the Reverend Rusty Williams, and the Reverend Ben Hewitt will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM (EDT) until the service hour at the church.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, donate3.cancer.org, Plant City United Methodist Church, or to Harrington Heights Methodist Church in his memory.
Please visit Reverend Newton’s Memorial Tribute page at www.johnsonbrownservicefh.com to leave a condolence for his family, to share a memory of Reverend Newton, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.
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