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Jean Mobley Newton
Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home
Patricia Ann Wilson
SYLVANIA – Jean Mobley Newton, age 96, passed away Friday, December 7, 2018, at Screven County Hospital in Sylvania, Ga.
    She was born on September 22nd, 1922, in Cypress, Florida, to Fred Lee Mobley Sr. and Rossie Clyde Shuler Mobley.
    Her father owned a turpentine operation in what is now Apalachicola National Forest and around 1923 the operation was moved from Florida to Sylvania, Georgia.
    Mrs. Newton was a resident of Screven County since the age of 2 and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sylvania after being accepted at the age of 12.
    She was salutatorian of her graduating class from Sylvania High School and was a cheerleader. She graduated with honors from Georgia State Woman’s College, which is now Valdosta State University, with a BA degree in English literature.
    As president of one of the college clubs, she was one of the hosts when first lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited the college.
    During World War II, Mrs. Newton worked as a civilian employee of the Department of Defense at Turner Army Airfield near Albany, Ga., to help support the war effort.
    After the war, she returned to Sylvania to work with her father and brothers at Mobley Lumber Company. Subsequently she was secretary to the president of the Bank of Screven County.
    Mrs. Newton and Paul Keller Newton Sr. were married in a religious ceremony at her parents’ home on November 11th, 1950. After making their home in Sylvania for several years, they moved to the Halcyondale Community, where she had a role in the family farming operation. They were married for 50 years.
    She was a member of the Halcyondale Homemakers Club. As well as being a member of Sylvania First United Methodist Church, she attended Union Baptist Church for many years, where she occasionally taught a Sunday school class.
    Mrs. Newton was predeceased by her parents and her husband as well as her sister, Doris Mobley Callis; and her two brothers, Fred Lee Mobley Jr. and William Robert Mobley.
    Mrs. Newton is survived by her two sons, Allen Shuler Newton and Paul Keller (Mary Ann Moore) Newton Jr.; sister-in-law, Vicki Lariscy Mobley; three nieces, Mary Mobley Horton, Elaine Mobley and Eleanor Gladding; two nephews, William Robert Mobley Jr. and Lee Andrew Mobley; numerous great-nieces/nephews and great-great-nieces/nephews.
    Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home.
    The funeral service will be on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Varnell officiating. Interment will be in Screven County Memorial Cemetery.
    Pallbearers will be Billy Mobley, Lee Mobley, Thomas J. Pelham, Andrew Shuler Pelham, Christian Butler Pelham, Michael Newton, Allen Daley and Koelker Pfeiffer.
    The family wants to thank the staff of Syl-View Rehabilitation and Memory Care Center for their care of Mrs. Newton.
    Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.
    www.thompsonstricklandwaters.com.

Statesboro Herald, December 11, 2018
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