April 16, 1927 - November 26, 2021
James F. Newton, 94 of Carbondale, passed away Friday, November 26, 2021 at Manor Court in Carbondale. James F. Newton was born April 16, 1927 in McClure, IL to Webb and Joyce (Douglas) Newton. He attended SIU in Carbondale for 2 years and then Washington University in St. Louis for 3 years with a degree with high honors in Civil Engineering and a major in bridge architecture. He was an honorary member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He married Gilda Thompson on September 4, 1954 in Murphysboro, Illinois and she preceded him in death August 3, 2019. He was employed for 35 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation in Carbondale; with the last 16 years being District Engineer in charge of the southern 13 counties in Illinois. He retired in March of 1984 and enjoyed the last 34 years with the love of his life, Gilda. James loved going to church to worship the Lord. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and their two children all over the United States, and he and Gilda also traveled to many countries in Europe. He really enjoyed fishing especially for bluegill. They were blessed with two loving children, Cheryl Kay of Wilton Manors, FL and a son James E. Newton of Chicago. One brother Lynn (Martha) Newton St. Charles, Mo, one brother-in-law, Wiley E. Thompson of Las Cruces, New Mexico and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Gilda, and two sister-in-law, Dorothy Qualls and Mary Crawshaw. Funeral services for James F. Newton will be Wednesday December 1, 2021 at 1:00PM at Crain Pleasant Grove Murdale Funeral Home with Pastor Marvin Boswell officiating. Interment will follow at Pate Chapel Cemetery in Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the funeral home on Wednesday December 1, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to This Able Veteran and will be accepted at the funeral home.
James F. Newton, 94 of Carbondale, passed away Friday, November 26, 2021 at Manor Court in Carbondale. James F. Newton was born April 16, 1927 in McClure, IL to Webb and Joyce (Douglas) Newton. He attended SIU in Carbondale for 2 years and... View Obituary & Service Information
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