James H. “Jimmy” Newton, 78, of Fulton passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at Jackson-Madison County Hospital.
He was born in Fulton on Oct. 23, 1941, to the late C.H. (Sparky) and Nell (Buckingham) Newton. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fulton, where he sang in the choir. He was a member of the Fulton Rotary Club.
Jimmy was a graduate of Murray State University and a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. He retired as a mechanical engineer from Stanley Jones Corporation in South Fulton and Optimech in Hendersonville.
He lived in this area all of his life. Jim was the chairman of the Ken-Tenn golf tournament for many years and was an avid golfer. He also served on the Fulton Independent school board for 12 years, for which he was board vice chairman in 1989-90 and board chairman in 1994.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Sharon Moore Newton of Fulton, whom he married on June 5, 1992; four children: Jim Newton (Emily) of Franklin, Melissa Newton of Fulton, Ben Mullins (Macie) of Wingo, Ky., and Ryan Mullins (Katie) of Nepean, Ontario, Canada; and four grandchildren, Jacob Newton of Franklin, Ellie Claire Newton of Franklin, Cade Mullins of Wingo and Coby Mullins of Wingo, a sister, Margaret Shirah of Edinburg, Texas, and a brother, Lynn Newton of Jonesboro, Ark.
Jimmy donated his body to science through the genesis program at the Medical Education and Research Institute in Memphis. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hornbeak Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1386, Fulton, KY 42041 or the Fulton Dog Pound c/o Darcy Linn, 211 Third St., Fulton, KY 42041 or Fulton-South Fulton Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1065, Fulton, KY 42041.
Online tributes may be left at www.hornbeakfuneralchapel.com.