Lloyd C. "Tete" Newton
Published: January 12, 2013
Mr. Lloyd Cecil "Tete" Newton, age 85, of Gurdon, passed away in his home January 9, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born October 31, 1927, in Gurdon to Lloyd Cecil and Ella Mae Estes Newton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Bill Newton, his sister, Anna Newton Foster, his step-father, Cecil Tombs, nine step-brothers and twin step-sisters. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann Lowe Newton, two daughters, Susan Norris, husband, Terry, and Melinda Scott of Arkadelphia, three grandsons, Blake Norris, wife, Catherine of Fayetteville, William Scott of Conway, Ryan Scott of Little Rock, and many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
Lloyd was very active in community activities. He was the oldest active member of the Gurdon First United Methodist Church where he had held many offices in his 85 years. He was past-president of the Gurdon Rotary Club, the Arkadelphia Bass Club, and the Southwest Arkansas Shriner Club.
He was a 50 year Mason and a Knight Commander of the Court of Honors of the 32 Degree Scottish Rite. One of his favorite yearly activities was to sell onions for the Shriners' Children's Hospitals. Lloyd was an avid outdoorsman and hunter.
After graduation from Gurdon High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He attended Henderson State Teachers College where he met the love of his life Mary Ann Lowe. He then worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad, Reynolds Metal Company, and retired in 1985 as District Manager of Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, January 12, at the Gurdon First United Methodist Church with Rev. Carl Ownbey officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hedge Cemetery in Gurdon. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the service begins. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Lloyd's special care givers, Dr. Robert Dorman, Dawana Smith, and Ed Reece. Memorials may be made to the Gurdon First United Methodist Church 2nd & East Walnut St., Gurdon, Ark. 71743. Arrangements by Brazzel/Cornish The Funeral Home of Prescott, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online Guestbook: www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com.