Marion Newton, Jr., 67, of Big Spring, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Pat Ray and the Rev. Mike Couch officiating. Interment will follow at Coahoma Cemetery.
He was born June 5, 1944, in Big Spring, Texas, and married Sherry Thomas on Dec. 17, 1966, in Big Spring.
Marion was a lifelong resident of Big Spring, graduating from Big Spring High School in 1962. A third generation Howard County farmer, he began farming in 1962 and was voted Farmer of the Year in 2005. He had been a member of the Farmer’s Market since 2005, serving as president for several years. Marion was very involved in the 4H and FFA and loved collecting antique tools and tractors.
He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Newton of Big Spring; his son, Gregg Newton and wife, Tracy of Big Spring; his daughter, Kelly Tucker and husband, Bobby Joe of Big Spring; five grandchildren, Turbo Tucker of Houston, Rachel Tucker of Georgia, Falon Newton, Hannah Tucker and Granger Newton all of Big Spring; two brothers, Lonnie Newton and wife, Diana and Harrell Newton and wife, Darlene all of Big Spring; one sister, Shirley Ann Long and husband, Donnie of Big Spring; his mother-in-law, Betty Thomas of Big Spring; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his father, E.M. Newton on July 25, 1989; his mother, Chloie Newton on May 9, 2007 and his father-in-law, R. C. Thomas on Dec. 26, 1995.
The family suggests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 705 W. FM 700, Big Spring, Texas, 79720 or a favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com