Plant Memorial Trees
Friday, January 20, 2023
10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)
Friday, January 20, 2023
Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)
William “Bill” Jefferson Newton, Jr. was welcomed into heaven on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Randolph Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Fredericksburg, VA to the late William “Jeff” Sr. and Edith Thompson Newton. He was happily married to his soulmate, Terri Culler, of High Point, NC at the time of his passing, and they were blessed to enjoy 21 special years of marriage.
William had the privilege to attend Hargrave Military Academy at the age of 11 where he was known as “Fig.” Along with his time playing football, baseball, and running track, William also gained a brotherhood of friends from Hargrave that he maintained throughout his life. After Hargrave, William attended Bridgewater College on a football scholarship, the University of Virginia, Guilford Technical Community College, and NC State University where he received a diploma in Green Building Construction. He was also a Certified Building/Energy Inspector through Building Performance Institute. He spent his lifetime in the Construction industry, working alongside his father and mentor in the family business, “William J. Newton & Son Builders,” in Fredericksburg, VA for 2 decades. This family business was well known within the area, so much so that they were entrusted to complete various prestigious projects, such as the restoration of Gunston Hall where US Founding Father George Mason lived, the restoration of St. George’s Episcopal Church, and the restoration of Martha Washington’s home, Kenmore. They also built the Kenmore Museum, further highlighting the capabilities of this father-son duo. After many years of working, William retired from GTCC where he was Capital Projects Coordinator, but, being a man that always searched for the next project, he worked for Stock Building and Supply for a short period during post-retirement. While busy with work, William also volunteered throughout his life with various organizations, such as Kiwanis Club and the Piedmont Chapter of US Green Building Council. He also served on the Alumni Board of Hargrave Military Academy and was named “Outstanding Alumnus” for his leadership and hard work on the school’s Yesteryear Hall. Anyone who knew William knew his hobbies to be woodworking as well as antiquing and selling furniture he restored. He was also known to be an avid snow skier and for his skill in showing horses.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Jacqueline Hall (Waylon) and nephew James Carpenter Jr. (“Jimbo”). He is survived by his wife Terri Culler Newton, a daughter Michelle Harvill (Jeff) of Lake Anna, VA, a stepson Justin Bost (Ashley) of Colfax NC, a sister Sandra Carpenter of South Hill, VA, and a ”sister” Mimi Laux (Richard) of Hendersonville, NC. Also surviving are 2 granddaughters Ashlee White and Devyn Corp, and a new grandson Brooks Carson Bost born November 2022, a great niece Teri Taylor (Sean) as well as 6 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00AM Friday January 20, 2023, at Haworth–Miller Kernersville Chapel with Chaplain Ben Vogler officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00-10:45AM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hargrave Military Academy, 200 Military Drive, Chatham, VA 24531, or to a charitable agency of choice. The family would like to thank Dr. Clancy Clark and Dr. Darius Jahann at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for their compassionate care for William during his illness, to Hospice of Randolph for their phenomenal care, and to the close friends who supported the family.