John Wayne Newton, age 68 of Owingsville, passed away suddenly at his residence on March 8. Born in Breathitt County on May 9, 1952, the son of Cisco Newton and Gladys Watts Newton. Wayne retired from Seal Master after 35 years. He loved music and could play any instrument he wanted. Playing the guitar and keyboard were his favorites. His children have fond memories of doing wood working with him in his shop. He loved to work on old cars and just tinker around. Wayne had a positive outlook on life. He could always see the good in every situation. His great sense of humor and love for telling stories made for a great time with him. Being a poppy was something that he loved so much. He enjoyed his grandkids and spending time with them. It made him so happy to receive pictures of them and videos they made. Wayne was a family man. He enjoyed spending time with them all. His presence will be missed dearly by so many. His family and friends will forever cherish the memories and share the stories they enjoy so much.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Anita Thomas Newton; one son, Austin Wayne Newton; two daughters, April Ward and her husband, Dustin and Andrea Corey and her husband, Steve; one sister, Carolyn Highley and her husband Eric; his mother in law, Ina Martin; five grandchildren, Caleb Corey, Jakob Corey, Adiley Corey, Kailyn Ward and Keller Ward; two brothers in law, Joey Thomas and his wife Jana and Stephen Thomas; one sister in law, Judy Gearhart; one cousin, Genett Covster; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday March 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Saturday March 13 at 11:00 a.m. inside the chapel of the Richardson Funeral Home with Reverend Randy Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joey Thomas, Steve Thomas, Travis Heath, Dawson Heath, Roy Fultz and Stephen Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Howard, Eric Highley and TJ Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that a donation be made to one of the following: St. Jude Hospital, Shriner's Hospitals for Children, or the American Heart Association.
COVID 19 restrictions will be followed as set forth by the state.
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