Dr. Newton Wilson
Former President of Belhaven University
Dr. Newton Wilson, 70, of Hattiesburg, died April 23, 2013 at his home. Visitation will be Saturday, April 27, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. with services immediately following.
Dr. Wilson was a graduate and Valedictorian of North Forrest High School, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Belhaven University, where he was elected Mr. Belhaven as well as student body President. He then graduated from Columbia Theology Seminary with his Master's of Divinity. He graduated from New Orleans Baptist Seminary with an M.R.E. and USM with a Doctorate in Psychology. He served as a minister for four years at Ellisville Presbyterian Church.
He then went to Belhaven College as a Professor of Christian Education, where he was Department Chairman, Dean of Students, Executive Vice President, President from 1986-1995, was also Professor Emeritus and served on the Board of Trustees. He also served as Academic Dean of Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. He was an official delegate to the Congress of Evangelism in Lausanne, Switzerland. He had a great love for teaching Christian education. He loved well and was well loved by many of his students, colleagues, family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, brother, uncle and family member. At Belhaven, he made lifelong friends and met his bride of 48 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sarah and Newton Wilson, Sr. and a sister and brother-in-law, Mary (Arden) and Henry Bishop.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Wilson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Terri Wilson, Robert and Cindi Wilson; his sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Lonnie Hallberg; 13 nieces and nephews; and 16 grand nieces and nephews, all of Hattiesburg.
Memorials may be directed to: Belhaven University, 1500 Peachtree Street, Jackson, MS 39202.