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Edward Traywick Newton Jr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On January 5, 2015 @ 3:39 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 3 Comments

Edward Traywick Newton, Jr. died December 31, 2014 after declining health. Ed was born March 24, 1922 in Durham to Louise Lindsey Newton and Edward Traywick Newton, Sr. Surviving are his two children, Sara Louise Newton West and her husband, Manley Jackson West, Jr. and Henry Hopkins Newton and his wife, Alice Blair Newton; four grandchildren, Tanya Yvonne West Daniel and her husband, Roy Patrick Daniel, Sara Allyson West, Tara Alyce Newton Parrish and her husband, Derek Jay Parrish, and Sara Elizabeth Newton Knight and her husband, Johnathan Ray Knight; and seven great grandchildren, Christian Traywick Daniel, Michaela Savon Daniel, Ezekiel Patrick Daniel, Corbin Traywick Knight, Colton Ray Knight, Liam Lachlan Parrish and Carson Blair Parrish. Greeting Ed at heaven’s gate are his wife, Sara Hopkins Newton, his son, Edward Traywick Newton, III and brother, Robert Lee Newton.

Growing up in Durham, music played a large role in Ed’s life. He sang in a children’s choir through the 6th grade and joined the Durham High School Choir, which won recognition as one of the nation’s best choirs. Ed enjoyed playing the saxophone in the Durham High Band. As an adult he sang in the choir of First Baptist Church.
A lifetime member of First Baptist, Ed served as a Sunday school teacher, Superintendent of the Young People’s Dept., secretary for the nursery – 6th grade, as chairman of the Board of Deacons and on the finance committee.
Upon graduating from Durham High, Ed attended Duke University, where he met Sara Hopkins, whom he married June 9, 1943. He faithfully served his country in the Army during WW II as a Court Marshall Clerk. Prior to retirement, Ed owned and operated Woodlawn Memorial Park in Durham.
As a member of the Durham Civitan Club for over 50 years, Ed was elected Secretary, Vice President and President of the Durham 70 and club and Lieutenant Governor for NC club district 4. Other duties included the chairmanship of the Scholarship Committee and Chaplain. As a Civitan he received many awards, including an award for Distinguished and Unselfish Service, and Distinguished President Honor Club award by Civitan Int’l. In 2009 Ed was honored with a lifetime membership.
Ed was also an active Band Parent. Even after his children were grown, he chaperoned the safety patrols on their trips to Washington, DC.
Funeral services will be 1:30 PM Tuesday from First Baptist Church with entombment following in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Friends will be received in the church one hour prior to services. Durham Civitan Club members will gather as honorary pallbearers. Donations in Ed’s memory may be made to: The Salvation Army, http://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/durham/. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com


Condolences for the family of “Edward Traywick Newton Jr.”

Condolence from June Perry on January 6th, 2015 10:00 am

Dear Sara, Henry, families and loved ones,

There are a heart full of memories to embrace with Ed’s passing. We shared many good years working together in the Junior SS Department, the Choir, the Youth and the list could continue. Of course, it was a pleasure to watch you, Sara, Henry and Traywick grow into adults. Loving thoughts will remain with you as you journey the necessary adjustments not having your dad physically present. We are very blessed as a community to have had him in our lives. Peace and comfort to all of you.

Love and prayers,

June Perry

Condolence from Christine Bush on January 6th, 2015 8:10 pm

Sara Louise, Henry, and family,

Judith and I regret being unable to be there with you today as you gathered to honor the man who was my “Uncle Ed.” Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that we are holding you all in the light as we mark the passing of a wonderful, gracious, generous man. Thank you for the care you provided for him in his later years.

Of the many happy memories and fond recollections of Ed which come to me today, the one I want to note here is something so simple and touching: the way he always referred to my dad when speaking to me as “brother,” even after his passing. I think this reflected and underscored his love of family. I cannot ever recall Ed and Robert Lee being at odds, or even mildly irked with one another, as adults. Maybe I was too young to notice if they were.

Here’s what I recall with certainty, however: whenever we had cause to drive down from Blowing Rock, or over from Raleigh, to Durham to see Uncle Ed and Aunt Sara, these were most always happy times. There was always laughter and joy when they came together. My dad’s face would literally light up when the phone rang and he heard Uncle Ed on the other end of the line.

I miss them all, dearly: Mom, Dad, Sara, and now Ed.

Christine & Judith Bush
Mountain View, California

Condolence from Beth Rickman on January 8th, 2015 7:57 am

Condolences to your family. When I sent Mr. Newton a card, he always called to thank me.
When we lose a parent, part of our heart goes with them.
Thinking of you, prayerfully, in the coming days. Love, Beth

Numbers 6: 24-26

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