Funeral services for Dr. Ike Newton will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church. He died Tuesday, March 8 in Greenville. Burial will be in the Greenville Cemetery.
Dr. Newton was born in Bolton, MS on March 26, 1932 to Isaac Alton Newton and Thelma Allen Newton. His family moved to Fayette, MS in 1941 where Dr. Newton graduated from high school. He entered Millsaps College in 1949 where he was a member of the freshman basketball team and a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He transferred to the University of Mississippi to continue his premed requirements and graduated in 1954 with a B.S. in Medical Science. In 1953 he entered medical school at the University of Mississippi which only offered two years of medical training at that time. He was a member of Phi Chi medical fraternity. Dr. Newton continued his education at the University of Tennessee Medical school and received a M.D. degree from there in 1955. He completed his internship at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1962 he fulfilled his Residency in Internal Medicine which had been interrupted by the years spent as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Dr. Newton was stationed at the 6038th Military Hospital in Misawa, Japan where he served as Chief of Internal Medicine. At John Gaston Hospital he completed fellowships in both Gastroenterology and Cardiology.
Dr. Ike moved to Greenville, MS in 1963 to practice at the Gamble Brothers and Archer Clinic. In 1969 he went into private practice. He served as Chief of Medicine at both The King’s Daughters Hospital and Delta Regional Hospital and was Chief of Staff at the King’s Daughters Hospital. He was a member of the Delta Medical Society, the Mississippi Medical Association and the American Medical Association. Dr. Newton retired from active practice on April 1, 2002.
Dr. Newton was a member of the Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and enjoyed playing and winning Rotary’s Pigskin Picks. He was a member of the Ole Miss Loyalty Foundation and an enthusiastic supporter of the Ole Miss Rebels. As an ardent Duplicate Bridge player, he traveled across the Delta playing with different organizations. He loved to fish on Lake Washington when he wasn’t on call. He was a member of Bon Vivant Dinner Club, the Little Supper Club, the Delta Wild Bunch and the Highland Club of Glen Allen. He was a life-long member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he was proud to have had all of his grandchildren baptized.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Ransom Newton, daughter Nancy Lee Greenleaf (Jim) of Erie,PA, son Isaac (Ike) Alton Newton III of Greenville, daughter Catherine Elizabeth (Beth) Day(Tim) of Littleton, Co, and son Dr.William Garner Ransom Newton (Beth), of Dallas,TX, and eleven grandchildren: Jim Greenleaf Jr., Beth Greenleaf, William Greenleaf, Mary Catherine Greenleaf, Tim Day Jr., Catherine Day, Anna Day, Brittany Newton, Garner Newton Jr., Ashlee Newton and Natalie Newton.
The family expresses their appreciation to the late Dr. Leon Lenoir, Dr. Mike Cirilli, Dr. Michael Mansour, Katina Thompson and all his devoted caregivers at Washington Care Center.
There will be a visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Dr. Park Neff will conduct the service. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 850 McAllister, Greenville, MS 38701.