Barbara Ann Newton MARION Barbara Ann Newton, 72, of Marion, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 while at the John F. Keever Solace Center, Asheville. She was born in McDowell County, June 10, 1941 to the late Clifton Fortune and Jospehine Mason Fortune. She was a lifelong member of West Marion Baptist Church serving her Lord thru the ministry of the Women's Missionary Union. She also loved NASCAR, enjoyed flying in both airplanes and helicopters, while loving her family as much as she could. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Mack Newton; and parents Clifton and Josephine Fortune. She was employed by Drexel Heritage Furniture Company for many years. Mrs. Newton is survived by two sons, David Newton and wife, Nancy of Mt. Airy, Ga., and Bradley Newton of the home. She was blessed to have two grandchildren, Jerad and Jason Newton. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 7, at Kirksey Funeral Home of Marion, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mark Gold officiating. The family will receive friends, one hour prior to the services, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home, Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you consider a memorial donation to The John F. Keever Solace Center of Asheville. Kirksey Funeral Home of Marion has the honor of serving the family of Mrs. Newton. Words of comfort may be shared with the Newton family at www.kirkseyfh.com.
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