Newton E. Lindsay, 86
CLINTON — Mr. Newton Elmon Lindsay, 86, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Mary Gran Nursing Center in Clinton.
The funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Clinton Community Church with the Rev. Dwight Dunning officiating. Burial will follow in the Clinton Cemetery.
Elmon was born on Feb. 6, 1928, to his parents, Egbert Newton Lindsay and Ida Mae Sutton Lindsay. His mother passed away when he was almost 11 years old and his stepmother, Mary Belle Marshburn Lindsay, whom he loved and respected, helped raise him.
Upon graduation from Piney Grove School, Elmon worked with his father on the family farm until July 24, 1948, when he married his high school sweetheart, Elese Jordan. At that time, Elmon worked on the farm with his father-in-law, Aldon Jordan, until Elmon and Elese moved to Clinton in the latter part of 1950. Elmon worked various jobs in Clinton until he started his grocery career with Colonial grocery stores. He stayed with Colonial until December of 1963 when he and his brother, Jesse, and partner, Moses King, opened their first Piggly Wiggly in Jordan Shopping Center. It was the first of many stores to come in several counties that Elmon and Jesse would open.
Elmon gave his heart and life to Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, at a very young age and never wavered. Throughout his life, he held many positions in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. He grew up in Goshen PH Church, later following in his father's footsteps as church song leader. He loved to sing at church and at home. He served as church treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher and a deacon for many years. In the 1990's Elmon and Elese decided to finally join the rest of their immediate family at the Clinton PH Church. Once there, he continued to serve as a Sunday School teacher and deacon.
Next to God, family and church, Elmon was dedicated to his community. Throughout the years, he held several offices in the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and received the Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year award. His passion, however, was for Kiwanis. He was a tenacious club builder and often lead many of his fellow members to inter-club meetings. He had over 30 years of perfect attendance and was a faithful participant in fundraising events. Additionally, he held many local Kiwanis club offices and was a NC Kiwanis Lt. Governor. Approximately 2 years ago, Elmon received the Kiwanis International - Walter Zeller Lifetime Achievement award.
Elmon and Elese shared a love for the North Carolina mountains and since the early 1980's, spent many hours at and around their home in Maggie Valley. Elmon had a true love for cars, tools and yard work and was known throughout the town for his manicured yard on the hill of their Sunset Ave home. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is finally at peace as he is with his Darling (Blue Eyes) Elese; his beloved brother, Jesse; and the rest of his family who had gone on before him.
Elmon is survived by his children Gwendolyn Lindsay Denning of Clinton, Marshall Elmon Lindsay and wife Janice of Clinton and Miracle Yvonne Lindsay of Chapel Hill. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jeremy Dale Denning and wife Akila of New York City, Jordan Elmon Lindsay of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Jenny Denning Edwards and husband Paul of Clinton, as well as by two precious great-grandchildren, Mirabella Claire Edwards and Denning Wells Edwards. Elmon also had a "special" daughter, Karen Byrd of Chapel Hill and he was preceded in death by his favorite son-in-law, Dale Denning. His surviving siblings are: Franklin Lindsay of Clinton, Geneva Adams of Thomaston, Ga., Glen Lindsay of Raleigh, Doris Wade of Morehead City, and Judy Lewis of Princeton. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Grace Barwick of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Edna Jones of Maxton, Jesse Lee Lindsay of Clinton and Keith Lindsay of Clinton.
The family received friends Saturday evening at Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Clinton Community Church, P. O. Box 765, Clinton, NC 28329 or Clinton Kiwanis Club, P. O. Box 1194, Clinton, NC 28329.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.crumpler-honeycutt.com.
Arrangements by Crumpler-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 118 Fayetteville Street, Clinton, NC 28328.