Henry Lynn Newton, Sr, age 77 of Gastonia and formerly of Hickory and Wilson, NC passed away peacefully Thursday morning, March 5, 2015.
Lynn was born September 21, 1937 to the late Hugh Everitt and Laura Mae Watson Newton in Wilson, NC. Lynn was preceded in death by his first wife, Connie Lou Dunn Newton; his son, H. Lynn “Lindy” Newton, Jr. of Hickory; and his sister Bettye Newton Goff and brother in law, John Lewis Goff of Gastonia.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Lawing Newton of Gastonia, daughter Laura Kelly Newton Boone and her husband, David L. Boone of Matthews, his step daughter Lezlie Elliott Hill of Gastonia; grandchildren Laura Lynn Hayes of Matthews, Elliott Paul Hill and Sydney Isabella Hill of Gastonia; nephew David Newton Goff and wife, Gina Goff of Concord; niece Karen Goff Russell and husband, Richard Russell of Elon. He is also survived by family of Jan, John and Gloria Robertson of Indian Land, SC. and Wanda “Bunny” Saine of Richmond, VA.
Growing up in Wilson, he graduated from Charles L. Coon High School and later graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State College (now NC State University) in 1960. He completed graduate studies in Marketing and Research at Columbia University, New York, NY. He was in The Order of the DeMolay and later was in The Order of the Freemasonry.
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After college Lynn began his career in telecommunications with Western Union in New York before returning to Raleigh with IBM and later moving in 1965 to Hickory to join Superior Continental and later Superior Cable as Manager of Marketing Research in international telecommunications. He was appointed to the Greensboro Regional Export Council of the US Department of Commerce in 1971. He and Walter L. Roberts were awarded a US Patent in 1971 for their invention in 1969 of a “filter to secure the privacy of carrier-derived telephone circuits”. Before leaving Superior Cable in 1972, Lynn was the coordinator of International Sales of the Eastern Hemisphere.
In 1972 he and his late wife, Connie acquired The Major’s Shop Inc., a custom furniture manufacturing plant of early American reproductions in Hickory. He also spent some time teaching adult continuing education classes at Catawba Valley Technical College in areas of fine and antique furniture refinishing. He was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church while living in Hickory.
After closing The Major’s Shop he began yet another career while in Gastonia where owned and operated a tax preparation firm, Professional Tax Service.
As a teen and into the mid 1960s Lynn was an avid Amateur Ham Radio operator under the call letters W4WUW, becoming known as “Wild Uncle Willie”. He received numerous citations for his diligence in keeping communications viable throughout Eastern North Carolina during Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
Lynn also spent a few years with his late friend Michael Flack participating in the Capital City Sports Car Club (now the Tarheel Sports Car Club) auto road rallye’s in the Raleigh area in the mid 1960s driving his red 1961 Jaguar XKE convertible. They won several trophies in 1964 and 1965.
Lynn started his scouting career as a boy in the East Carolina Council, BSA spending summers working as a staff member at Camp Charles. He was inducted in as a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. As an adult, he became active with BSA Troop 250 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Hickory and with the Piedmont Council, BSA. There he was a Scouting Coordinator, Troop Committee Chairman and Pack Committee Chairman. At the district and council level he was District Exploring Chairman and Council Exploring Chairman, and a member of the Council Executive Board. He received the highest Council recognition in 1984 of Silver Beaver for his outstanding work in Scouting. Throughout his life he continued to support Troop 250 in many ways through his Scout spirit of brotherhood, cheerfulness and service.
Lynn was a founding member of “The Over The Hill Gang” in Hickory in the mid-1970s and to this day they continue to roam and congregate where and whenever they must. Members and his “band of brothers” are Ernest “Ernie” Sills, David Horne, David Cook, Forrest Ferrell, David Campbell, Bruce Beerbower, Gary Apple, Eddie Horne, Scott Sills, Patrick Campbell, and Marty Cook. Former members are John Bray and Frank Fox. Lynn was preceded in death by fellow founding member, Vance A. Apple.
In Gastonia he was an active member of First United Methodist Church and a member of the Joy Sunday school class. There he enjoyed teaching different classes and age groups.
He and his wife, Jan enjoyed many years traveling together throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Among the many joys of his family life was his dog, Daisy and looking forward to attending as many sporting events that he could that his three grandchildren were involved with. Lynn spent hours in his hunt for various and rare items to complete his extensive collection of Olympic pins and was an avid collector of rare coins, currency and documents. He also enjoyed the times he could add pieces to his collection of RS Prussia and other rare antique porcelains he had started back in the 1970s.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Covenant Village and the staff of the Woodland Wing for their exemplary care and the love and devotion given unselfishly.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the OTHG/ H. Lynn Newton. Jr. BSA Troop 250 Scholarship Fund at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 52 16th Ave., NW, Hickory, NC 28601, The Memorial Fund with Covenant Village 1351 Robinwood Rd,, Gastonia, NC 28054 or First United Methodist Church Youth Fund PO Box 218 Gastonia, NC 28053 or to the donor’s charity of choice.
The family will receive visitors from 3:00 Pm – 5:00 Pm Sunday, March 8, 2015 at McLean Funeral
Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia at 11:00 AM Monday, March 9, 2015
Honorary Pall Bearers will be “The Over The Hill Gang”.
Interment is private.