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Funeral Service: Pharon A. Newton


Pharon A. Newton, 90, of Center, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2015, at Colonial Pines Care Center in San Augustine, Texas.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Joaquin with Rev. Randy Smith officiating.


Pharon was born to Melvin and Alice Newton on March 9, 1925.  He went to school at Joaquin High School and then worked at Haslam Sawmill.  After his marriage to Oleta and the birth of their daughter, the family moved to High Island, Texas, where he worked for Southwestern Bell.  Pharon was also employed by Trinity Valley, Magocobar, and Halliburton for 28 ½ years before he retired in 1986.  Pharon was one of six founding families of the First Presbyterian Church of Nederland.  After moving to Center, in 1988, Pharon became active in the First United Methodist Church of Joaquin, Texas.  He served as a Trustee of the Church Council, was President of the Administrative Board, and was the Honorary Grandpa of the Methodist Youth Group.


He is survived by daughter, Dianna Patterson and her husband, Keith, of Los Angeles, California; grandson, CMDR Douglas Patterson and wife, Chris, of Coronado, California; great granddaughters, Emily and Amanda of Coronado, California; and brother, Van O. Newton and family of North Carolina.


Pharon was preceded in death by his wife, Oleata; grandson, Randy; his parents; and brother, Woodson.


Pharon’s wisdom, loving nature, smile, and dry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.


Pallbearers will be CMDR Douglas Patterson, Glenn Gill, Jason Gill, Gene Allen, Barney Moss, Larry Hennigan and Newton Johnson.


Special thanks to Colonial Pines Care Center and Accolade Hospice.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to:

American Cancer Society

PO Box 22718

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718


Colonial Pines Care Center in San Augustine

1203 FM 1277

San Augustine, Texas 75972


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