Mrs. Florence Newton 84, of Beaufort and widow of James Wilson Newton, Sr., died Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
Funeral Services: 11:00 AM Saturday, December 30, 2006 at Burton New Church of Christ with burial following in Beaufort National Cemetery. At an early age, her family migrated to Beaufort, South Carolina where she attended Robert Smalls School.
Florrie was united in marriage to James Wilson Newton, who preceded her in death. This union was blessed with the birth of one son, James, Jr.
She was employed for more than 20 years as a presser at City Laundry and Dry Cleaners. After the Laundry closed its doors, Florrie worked as a private housekeeper and babysitter for several local area families. She was last employed by the Beaufort County School District as an environmental technician and retired as a Food Service worker in 1985. Not being one for doing nothing, she used her God given talent of nurturing and provided day care services in her home, which became known as “Mama Newton’s Home Day Care”, for a number of families. This service allowed the children’s parents to work without worrying about the care their children received. She became “Mama Newton” to those children because of the love she gave and the love they felt from her.
Having also been raised in a Christian home, she accepted Christ as her personal savior and was baptized and an early age. She became a faithful member of the Beaufort New Church of Christ, and served as Mother of the Church for one year. She was an active participant in the life of the Church until her health failed; even then she continued to pray for the church.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her four sisters and two brothers.
Those left to cherish her memories and perpetuate the legacy of love that she leaves, include her son, James Newton, Jr. of the home; her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Alfredo Givens of Burton, SC; Seven adopted daughters, Helen Delardge of Dale, SC, Arlene Burke and Jeralyn Young of Burton, SC, Daisy Singleton of Port Royal, SC and Patricia Walker of Decatur, AL, Grenoris H. Condall of Beaufort, SC, and Mary Ann Holmes of St Helena Island, SC; four adopted sons, Deacon Dan Holmes of St. Helena Island, SC, Freddie Watson of Beaufort, SC, Richard Hamilton of Burton, SC, and Derrick Walker of Decatur, AL; eight grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; three aunts, Mae Pearl Graves and Elouise Williamson of Savannah, GA and Ida Graves of Robertsville, SC; one sister-in-law, Eva Loadholt of Beaufort, SC; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends including three who were like sisters, Sister Geneva Cordray of Bluffton, SC, Sister Alice Aiken and Sister Willie Ruth Simmons of Beaufort, SC.