Shirley Joan Newton, 79, Huntingburg

Shirley Joan Newton, 79, of Huntingburg, died Thursday, April 4, at her home. She was born in Huntingburg January 22, 1940, to Bert and Bessie (Brice) Wilkey. She married Carl “Ray” Newton December 4, 1970, in Huntingburg.

Shirley was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Birdseye where she served as the pianist and a member of the worship team for the past 45 years. She enjoyed singing and playing music, both personally and during church services and functions. She travelled with various evangelistic ministry and singing groups delivering the message in music and song. She was a fan of Indiana University basketball.

She is survived by one son, David Ray Newton and his girlfriend and Shirley’s caregiver, Jill Wethington, Huntingburg;  her God-son and God-daughter, Eric and Paula Harper, Jeffersonville; sister-in-law Janet Thurston, French Lick; brother-in-law George Newton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Carl “Ray” Newton, six sisters, Helen Jane, Nellie, and Alberta Wilkey, Mildred Grace Blume,  Dora May “Doddie” Leonard, and Dorothy Jean Huff, and five brothers, Arthur, Elmer James, Edward Sherman, Walter Reed, and Herbert Hoover Wilkey.

A public Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Pentecostal Church with Reverend Bret Eckert officiating. A private committal service and interment will be held at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Heart-to-Heart Hospice or the First Pentecostal Church. Online condolences can be shared at

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