Jeffrey Clayton Newton, 70, of Hickory, passed away May 11, 2019 while vacationing in the Florida Keys.
Born July 2, 1948 in High Point, NC, he was the son of the late Mary Ruth Woollen Newton and Archibald McLaurin Newton.
A graduate of Hickory High School, Jeff attended both Wingate College, where he played soccer and golf, and Lenoir Rhyne College. He worked in the container industry in sales for over 35 years.
Jeff’s passions included playing golf and dancing, especially to beach music. His love for Lenoir Rhyne University was evident in his attendance to all their events and in his loyal support for all things “Bears.” He was also an avid fan of the Duke Blue Devils.
He loved the beach and spending time with his many friends. Jeff was pure fun with the kindest of hearts and the greatest sense of humor. He adored his family and being “Boo Boo” to his grandchildren. He and Suzi were often called “the perfect couple” and were a beautiful example of true love.
He is survived by his wife Susan Powell Newton of the home; daughters: Ashley Dawn Newton, Lauren Newton Everley and husband Matt, Lindsey Newton Hewitt, all of Hickory; sisters: June N. Cook and husband Henry of Greensboro, GA, Jill N. Londeree and husband Brown of Matthews, NC; grandchildren: Kailey, Luke and Matthew Durham, Harper, Hayden and Hallie Everley, Trystan McClain and Payton Hewitt; extended family: Steve T. Cottle and wife Lissa, their children: Storie Bergquist and husband Shawn, Zachary Cottle; Cameo Powell Strack and husband Todd, and their children: Kelsey Sigmon and Farryn Presnell.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the chapel at Bass-Smith Funeral Home. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 - 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will also host a reception at Catawba Country Club on Friday from 2 - 5:00 p.m.
The family requests memorials be made to the Piedmont Educational Foundation of Lenoir Rhyne University.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Jeffrey Clayton Newton.