Robert Edward “Ed” Newton was born in San Augustine, Texas on November 28, 1921 and passed away on November 26, 2010 in Sulphur, Louisiana. Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 30, 2010 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Graveside services will be at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday at the New Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Newton was the first of nine sons born to John Robert and Sarah Newton. Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp to serve in World War, II in North Africa under General George S. Patton. After his return to the States, he married the love of his life, Voncile Andrews. After receiving an honorable discharge, he went to work as a buyer for the Gordon Drug Store in Lake Charles, eventually retiring from the Jefferson Drug Company in Beaumont, Texas.

Mr. Newton was a very active member in his churches, the old Eastdale Baptist Church in Lake Charles and MacArthur Heights Baptist Church in Orange, Texas. He served as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and on finance and various other committees. At the time of his passing, he and his wife were members of the Trinity Baptist Church in Sulphur.

He will be remembered for his love of music, especially country and gospel. He played guitar with various groups at local nursing homes and church services. He will also be remembered for his love of family, gumbo and his beloved Dallas Cowboys and Houston Astros.

Mr. Newton is survived by his wife of 66 years, Voncile Newton; two daughters, Shirley Noreuil and husband, Kirk of Sulphur and Sandra Derby and husband, John of Lake Charles; his grandchildren, Eric R. Robideaux of Lake Charles and Tiffany A Noreuil of Portland, Oregon; great granddaughters, Arianna and Erika Robideaux of Vinton. He is also survived by five brothers, Alvin Newton, Jimmie Ray Newton, Tommy Newton and Wayne Newton, all of San Augustine, Texas and Leonard Newton of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Preceding him in death were brothers, Carl Newton, Jesse Newton and Glenn Newton.

For those who desire memorial contributions, please make a donation in memory of Mr. Newton the building funds of MacArthur Heights Baptist Church, 3600 Nightingale Street, Orange, Texas 77630-2946, (409) 883-4834 and /or Trinity Baptist Church, 505 North Beglis Parkway, Sulphur, Louisiana 70663-2909, (337) 527-6827.