The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


August 9, 2013

Roy Newton

Roy Kenneth Newton, 90, left us on Wednesday, Aug. 7,2013, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., surrounded by loving family and friends.

Roy was the son of Chester Dare Newton and Sarah Elizabeth Heraldson Newton and was born in Bowling Green Ky. He was a member of the U.S. Army 728 Railway Battalion, serving in World War II and was a participant in the invasion and liberation of France. He was very proud of his military service and reached the rank of technician fifth grade before returning to civilian life.

He spent his career working for L&N Railroad on signal maintenance design and management. He loved the railroad like his father before him and upon his retirement after 42 years, began his own company where he continued servicing the railroads for 22 years.

Roy was happily married for 56 years to Christella Thurman Newton who preceded him in death.

Together, Roy and Chris raised two sons, Jeff Newton and wife Margaret, and Steve Newton and wife Carol. They were loved by their grandchildren, Wendy Elizabeth Nesmith and husband Daniel, Andrew Smith and wife Shannon, Zoe Luter and husband Matt, Sally Whittaker, Harriet Whittaker, and Sam Whittaker and wife Elizabeth; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin Eli and Jonathan Owen Nesmith, Ella Grace and Lila Kate Smith, Brooke Elaine, Henry Patrick and Justine Claire Luter.

Additionally, Roy is survived by his sister, Eva Rountree; his brother, Charles Newton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a longtime member of Isom’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Athens, and was a member of Tyner United Methodist Church in Chattanooga.

The funeral for Roy will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors from 12:30 until 2 p.m.

Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the Fairview Cemetery in Bowling Green, Ky.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Roy’s memory may be made to the following: Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga Promise Packs Fund, 1270 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 and Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 4757, Chattanooga, TN 37405.

Roy’s family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Hickory Valley Retirement Community, Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Chattanooga for their compassionate and loving care.

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