Raymond was born in Forsyth, GA, to Charles Leo Newton and Jewel Bryant Newton. He passed peacefully at Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth, GA after a brief illness. His family was at his side throughout his final days. Arrangements are being handled by Monroe County Memorial Chapel in Forsyth, GA.
A celebration of Raymond’s life will be held on Friday, February 25, 2022, at 3:00PM at Forsyth United Methodist Church, 68 W Johnston Street, Forsyth, GA 31029. Rev. Ken Stephens and Rev. Billy Beard will officiate. The family will receive friends after the service.
Raymond was one of nine children born to Leo and Jewel and was raised on their family farm in Berner, GA. He graduated from Dudley Hughes Vocational High School in Macon, GA where he played football and was known for his toughness. He was an electrician throughout his career and retired in 2001 from Keebler in Macon.
After retiring, he enjoyed fishing with friends. He was a Christian and an active member of his church, Forsyth United Methodist, where he was a trustee for four years. He was passionate about cooking for the church, family, and friends. Barbeque, Brunswick stew, and fish fries were his specialties. His secret barbeque sauce will be missed by many. He was equally at home in the kitchen as he was on the outdoor grill or fryer. If someone else was preparing the meal, Raymond could be seen sneaking into the kitchen to add his special touches to the pot.
Raymond is survived by his loving wife, Gwin King Newton; daughter, Natalie Newton Butler (Jimmy); son, (Rusty) Raymond James Newton, Jr. (Erica); stepson, Timothy Michael Walker; stepdaughter, Kristen Walker Hawkins (Will); stepdaughter, Erin Walker Cromer; grandchildren, Misty Michelle Newton, Cody Ryan Lancaster, and Conner Patrick Butler; step-grandchildren, James Mathew Butler (Alicia), Jonathan David Butler (Shelley), Sydney Walker Rumney (Brooks), Morgan Holleman, Evan Walker, Riley Hawkins, Payton Cromer, and Addison Cromer; sister, Dottie Newton; and 7 step-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents; his former wife and mother of their children, Carolyn Rodgers Newton; sisters, Myrtice Newton Ivey, Jane Newton Ivey, Louise Newton Maddox, and Allene Newton Bush; brothers, Sonny Newton, Linwood Newton, and Bob Newton.
The family wishes to thank the medical professionals at Monroe County Hospital for their compassionate care and constant attention to Raymond and kindness to his family.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Raymond’s memory be made to the food bank at Forsyth United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice.
Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.