Clarence McClellan Newton Jr., 98, of Hopkinsville, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the residence of his daughter of natural causes.
Funeral services will be at 11 AM Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home with Rev. David Tucker and David Smith officiating. Burial to follow in Green Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home Friday, April 30, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM and on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home. Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family to handle the arrangements.
He was born in Trigg County, KY on May 3, 1922, the son of the late Clarence and Thelma McCain Newton. Clarence Jr. was a farmer and owner/operator of Newton Seed Incorporated and had been a breeder and producer of registered Polled Hereford cattle for 65 years. Mr. Newton was a member of Second Baptist Church for 65 years and was a Deacon Emeritus. He was a member of the Adult Farmer’s Class, Kentucky Seed Improvement Association, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association and the Farm Bureau. Clarence Jr. had been an insurance adjuster for 12 years and also worked for his father, Clarence Newton, at the Christian County Stockyard for 12 years. He had also enjoyed working with young future farmers in collaboration with the local 4-H groups. As part of the Newton Seed Inc., he was a tobacco breeder, developing new varieties for the commercial market for 69 years. Clarence Jr. traveled to many states and overseas with Newton Seed.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Newton was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Nell Robertson Newton in 2009; his brother Arnold Newton; his sisters, Lurline Hancock and Sarah Garrett.
Survivors include, his daughter Connie Newton Hampton and her husband Dwight of Hopkinsville; his son, Smith Newton and his wife Sandy of Hopkinsville; his brother Cordell Newton and his wife Elizabeth of Hopkinsville; 4 grandchildren, John David (Julie) Hampton, Keith (Holly) Hampton, Jessica Newton, Cali Newton (Nicholas) Marhevka; and 8 great-grandchildren, Luke Hampton, Zachary Hampton, Benjamin Hampton, Sloan Hampton, Harlow Hampton, Palin Hampton, Anne Brian Hampton and Nicholas Marhevka Jr.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Gideon’s International and to the Second Baptist Church Building Fund.
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