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Obituary - Mr. Rafe Allen Newton
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Mr. Rafe Allen Newton
PORTAL, Ga. -- Mr. Rafe Allen Newton, age 92, died Friday, December 20, 2019, at his residence under the care of Regency Southern Care Hospice. The native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County was the son of the late A.C. Newton and Ethel Mae Roberts Newton.
    Rafe was a lifelong Bulloch County farmer. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon.
    Rafe’s greatest joy was his family. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
    His greatest passion was the love of his land and farming and when he had the opportunity he attended Bluegrass festivals.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Lucille Williams Newton; his parents, a son-in-law, Glenn Ray Kingery; a brother-in-law, Lavern Deal; and a sister-in-law, Betty Newton.
    Surviving are his two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda Newton Kingery of Portal and Julie and Milton Brannen of Portal; a sister, Christine Deal of Statesboro; a brother, Wallace Newton of Statesboro; a sister-in-law, Geneva Williams of Portal; a special niece, Carol Norris; five grandchildren, Jennifer Graham, Shannon Anderson (Brad), Justin Brannen (Nikki), Jacob Brannen (Mandi) and Jodi Gilmer (Richard); 11 great-grandchildren, Sienna Graham, Reagan Anderson, Drake Graham, Nicholas Anderson, Lawton Brannen, Blair Brannen, Kendall Brannen, Maggie Brannen, Haley Graham, Britt Brannen and Inman Brannen; his grand dogs, Cricket, Tilly and Zeus.
    The family will receive visitors on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
    The funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. John David Durden officiating, assisted by the Rev. Bobby Walthour. Interment will follow in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
    Pallbearers will be his grandsons, great-grandsons and grandson-in-law.
    Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Baird, Larry Fields, Steve Hotchkiss, Andy Parrish, Lloyd Shurling, Raybon Anderson, Joe Bowen and Joe Stuckey.
    The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 4700 Poplar Springs Church Road, Portal, Georgia 30450.
    Friends may sign the online register book at
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, December 21, 2019

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