Lonnie J. Newton, III

Born in Raleigh, NC on September 18, 1949

Departed on July 1, 2018 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Lonnie J. Newton, III of Hendersonville, TN passed away Sunday, July 1 2018 in Hendersonville. Lonnie was born September 18, 1949 in Raleigh, NC to the late Lonnie J. and Ruby (Conner) Newton, Jr. Lonnie worked in the Sumner County School District for over 33 years, retiring as Principal from Knox Doss Middle School in 2002. His family has been long time members of the Indian Lake Peninsula Church where Lonnie served as a deacon. In his spare time, he was passionate about scuba diving, traveling all throughout the world diving in clear water with his son. Lonnie was a great man, a loyal and dedicated friend and will be missed by all who knew him. On August 21, 1971 Lonnie was united in marriage to his loving and faithful wife of nearly 47 years, Allene (Howard) Newton, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Carter (Michele) Newton and a daughter, Morgan Newton; brother, Lawson (Lisa) Newton; several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. Family will receive friends on Thursday, July 5 from 2-6pm at the Hendersonville Funeral Home (353 E. Main St; Hendersonville, TN 37075) where a celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 6th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Indian Lake Peninsula Church, NEXT program.

28 Comments to Lonnie J. Newton, III

  1. Elleb Brown
    July 2, 2018 10:27 pm

    A wonderful man who left a great legacy. He will be missed. Praying for you and your family.

  2. Beverly Meece
    July 3, 2018 12:23 am

    I knew Lonnie first as a fellow math teacher and then later as an administrator. He was a great problem solver, a caring leader, and an inspiring educator. Lonnie’s positive attitude, sense of humor, and courage were exemplary. What a positive impact he made in Sumner County.

    God’s Peace to you.

  3. TARYN
    July 3, 2018 1:30 am

    My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Lonnie. The loss of our dear loved ones can be very difficult and distressing to cope with. It has helped myself and others when we remember that our dear loved ones now safely rest in the loving memory of our Grand Creator, Jehovah ( Psalm 83 : 18 – God’s name ). May you be comforted in knowing that Jehovah hates death ( 1 Corinthian 15 : 26 ) and promises to eliminate death forever and bring ones sleeping in death back to life on a cleansed earth. ( John 17 : 3; Isaiah 25 : 7,8; Revelation 21 : 3-5; Acts 24 : 15; Psalms 37 : 10,11, 29 ). I hope these few scriptures along with your own good and loving memories of Lonnie help to soothe your hearts and bring you comfort, peace and a hope. Sincerely

  4. Pam McCreary (Parks)
    July 3, 2018 11:46 am

    I was lucky enough to have Mr. Newton for my math teacher 2 years in a row back in the 70’s. He was by far the best math teacher I ever had. He was caring and went that extra step to help everyone. Mr. Newton’s sense of humor was great. My deepest sympathy to the family. May God’s Peace be with you.

  5. Beth Trivett
    July 3, 2018 1:11 pm

    I am so sad to hear about his passing. He will be missed. Praying for his family.

  6. Mandi Sartain Rutherford
    July 3, 2018 1:28 pm

    He was a great man, and awesome principal. He loved all the kids like his own. He will be greatly missed! Prayers for the family.

  7. Mike Shelton
    July 3, 2018 2:41 pm

    My boss for 10 years at old Knox Doss JHS. Just a model school principal in every way. Talented mentor. Loved kids, especially the knuckleheads. The ripples of good left by his leadership will long outlast any of us. RIP, old friend.

    • Miles Shackleford
      July 3, 2018 9:56 pm

      I was one of those knuckleheads. I knew Mr. Newton cared about us and even as junior high students we respected him. Later in life my respect and admiration only grew. He was a true model of what a caring leader should be. You will be missed sir.

  8. Yohonna Smith Rogers
    July 3, 2018 3:17 pm

    My boys loved this man and respected him in every way! God bless this family

  9. Larry R Dattilo
    July 3, 2018 3:20 pm

    Deepest Condolences. Mr Newton was a fine man. R.I.P.

  10. Raymond Story
    July 3, 2018 5:50 pm

    My Sincere deepest Condolences.
    Ray Story

  11. Grace Oliver
    July 3, 2018 6:00 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Lonnie’s passing. He was a great guy. On principals retreats, a lot of would go out, have a little cocktail and do some dancing. Lonnie was a great dancer.. I will always remember those days.
    Gracie Oliver

  12. Mark Copas
    July 3, 2018 6:58 pm

    Many lives were obviously touched over the years. Prayers for the family.

  13. Carla Cushma
    July 3, 2018 7:10 pm

    I admired and respected Lonnie so much. He was always so kind. I called on Lonnie for guidance many times as a new school administrator, and he was always patient with my questions— a great mentor. My deepest sympathies to the family.

  14. Sumalee Canaday
    July 3, 2018 7:51 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Newtons passing. I will always remember how he worked with my schedule by letting my daughter work at the school front desk so she could be in the safe place until I could pick her up.
    He was a true gentleman and a good person. He will be missed.

  15. Denise Hughes
    July 3, 2018 8:26 pm

    I am so sorry about the loss of Mr.. Newton as both of my sons knew him as they went through Knox Doss Middle School.He was a kind, extremely fair and soft-spoken principal and I truly appreciated his gentle spirit. He was dedicated to the students that he served. I am grateful for the time that my sons were under his dedicated supervision during those years.

    My sincere sympathy and prayers to all his family at this time.

    Denise Hughes

  16. Justin
    July 3, 2018 9:53 pm

    Wow, really a loss for words. Thank you for being an amazing Leader. One who cares for all. One who molds values of Honor Courage and Commitment. I wish I could be there to show my respect because you played a major part of my Values. Thank you RIP Semper Fedelis.

    Sgt Long Justin M
    AAV BN

  17. Dr. Ray Scott
    July 3, 2018 9:59 pm

    I am sorry to learn of Lonnie’s passing. His family were long time members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville.
    I taught his brother Lawson in Sunday School, and had his mother, Ruby, on my faculty at Harpeth Valley School, Nashville.

    My sympathy is extended to his family and many friends.

  18. Lee Greengrass
    July 3, 2018 10:57 pm

    I was in Mr Newton s math class at Knox Doss and have always remembered him throughout my life. We have list a good man to God in Heaven

  19. Lisa
    July 3, 2018 11:09 pm

    Mr.newton was my teacher. He was a great person!! he will be greatly missed. Yall will be in our thoughtsand prayers

  20. John Blackman
    July 4, 2018 9:37 am

    I grew up with Lonnie. We were teenagers together at Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville. Great guy. The Best. He will be sorely missed. John Blackman

  21. Kara Jakes
    July 4, 2018 2:32 pm

    I’m so sad to hear of this. Mr. Newton was a great man. He was my principal in middle school and he treated all his students with respect. He really cared about all of the students. I’ll be praying for his family. My condolences.

  22. Jackie Waddell Arnold
    July 4, 2018 9:50 pm

    Mr. Newton was my 8th grade algebra teacher. He was a great teacher. He started me on the path to major in Math in college. He was the best.

  23. Terrianna Douglas
    July 5, 2018 2:49 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Lonnie’s passing. He was really patient while explaining insurance to me. I am glad he chose that as a second career.

  24. DerekRomines
    July 5, 2018 6:57 pm

    This man right here was best orincipal i ever had an he was a great man wish i would have seen this earlier. This man was firm but always had your best interest i remember the day retired from knox doss we all waa lked him thru the halkways seem like yesterday wow rip mr newton i can only hope my kids have a principal that cares bout them like you did all your students

  25. Marie Hall
    July 5, 2018 7:40 pm

    Our condolensces to the family of a great man and servant of
    God. Thank you for being the loving, caring leader of the great school of Knox Doss where our son Tim was lucky enough to have your leadership during middle school. You will be greatly missed sir! But God will honored to have you on His team.

  26. Betsy Simpson Stiles
    August 21, 2018 9:36 am

    I just heard of Lonnie’s going to meet his Savior. I’m saddened by this loss, but glad Lonnie could leave his earthly shell behind to receive his glorious, resurrected body. I lived next door to the Newtons from 7th grade through high school. I was in Lonnie’s class of 1967 – Hillwood High School. We played basketball in his driveway with our brothers. My brother, John, remained friends with Lawson over the years, but i didn’t see Lonnie til one of high school reunions. It was really good to see him. We kept up on Facebook after that. Lonnie was definitely one of the good guys! He touched a lot of lives.
    Betsy Simpson Stiles

  27. Jeff Morris
    February 2, 2019 12:21 am

    I’m so stunned to read of Lonnie’s passing. Just 6 months late. We were friends thru high school. He was always a really nice laid back guy and I thought highly of him and am sorry to hear this. Even though I’m late I’ll miss knowing that he’s not here. Regards to his family

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