Lucian Alexander Newton, 82, of Yazoo City, passed away peacefully at his home on March 23, 2021 after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on September 30, 1938 in Greenville, MS to Jackson Alexander and Ruby Bagley Newton; he was the eldest of 5 siblings. He was raised in Hollandale, MS, where his family was engaged in farming. Upon graduating from Hollandale High School, where he was on the football team and a member of the FFA, he married the former Claudia Corder on December 24, 1956, enlisted in the US Navy, and served his country proudly for 21 years, retiring in 1976.
He was subsequently employed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and retired again after 20 years of service in various roles. Upon retiring he remained active, starting his own business focused on the reforestation of the Mississippi Delta by planting trees. He subsequently held multiple jobs, always wishing to remain active and satisfy his love of work. Failing eyesight finally forced him to give up his last job in August 2020.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two younger brothers, Marcus Newton of Indiana, Ralph Newton of Hollandale, and his much loved sister-in-law and friend, Barbara Corder Belk of Greenwood.
He leaves to treasure his memory his beloved wife of 64 years, Claudia Corder Newton; two daughters, Nicole Salley (Chris), Lyndsey Newton; and 4 grandchildren, Chris B. Salley, Marshal Salley, Ava Salley, and John Salley.
He is also survived by his sister, Mary Louise (Truman) Hill of Senatobia, his brother, Tommy Newton (Debbie) of Marmaduke, Arkansas, along with a host of much loved cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express their deepest thanks and appreciation for the staff and nurses at Baptist Hospice Care, with particular love and thanks to Lauren Burdine, Christina Fletcher, Kristen Norris, Emily Tucker, Mary Gordon, and Kelli Manor for their outstanding and loving care of our father and grandfather.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Stricklin-King Funeral Home from 1:30 - 3:00. Graveside services will immediately follow at the Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery
The family has entrusted Stricklin-King Funeral Home with the arrangements.