Donald Ray Newton

Jun 5th, 1956 - Dec 20th, 2020


Private Celebration of Life


Rose Hill Cemetery

Donald Ray Newton

Marion- Donald Ray Newton, age 64, of Marion, passed away at 6:24am on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Herrin Hospital.

Donald was born in Marion on June 5, 1956, the son of Howard and Mary (Rice) Newton. He married Pamela Sue Null in Marion on October 10, 1997. She survives in Marion.

Prior to his retirement, Don had worked as a coal miner as well as an insulator with the Local # 37.

Mr. Newton had attended the Pittsburg Freewill Baptist Church and was a member of the Little Egypt Bass Club.

Survivors include his wife- Pamela Sue Newton of Marion

Daughter- Cassie and Cameron Motes of Arkansas

Daughter- Whitney and Josh Karales of West Frankfort

Son- Adam and Valerie Cannon of Tennessee

Eight Grandchildren

Brother- Michael Newton of Marion

Sister-in-law- Kim and Bruce Plumer of Creal Springs

Brother-in-law- Robbie and Tina Null of Marion

Sister-in-law- Becky and Rob Wilkie of Marion

Sister-in-law- Renda and Jeremy Cheely of Mt. Vernon

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson.

Due to Covid restrictions, the family will hold a private celebration of life at Rose Hill Cemetery. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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6 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Glenna Miller

    From: Creal Springs, IL 62922, Illinois

    Date: December 21, 2020

    Pam and Family, I am so sorry your loss. Don always had a smile on his face and could make me laugh, Pam I pray for Gods comforting arms, If you need anything please call, I will be praying for you and your family. Love Glenna Miller

  • Guest: Eddie Moake

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 22, 2020

    Pam,I am so sorry for your loss. Don was one of my oldest friends and it’s going to be strange not talking to you two in Sam’s. RIP Don.

  • Guest: Mike Mayhew

    From: , Illinois

    Date: December 22, 2020

    Pam and family,
    Don was a good friend and always was joking and laughing. Loved his smile. Will always remember our trip to Israel together. Don was the life of any gathering.
    Will be missed greatly. Thoughts and Prayers go to you all
    Mike Mayhew

  • Guest: Bob Browning

    From: West frankfort, Illinois

    Date: December 22, 2020

    Sorry to hear of your loss I shared a room with Don at promise keepers in St Louis later ran into him at the power plant always had a smile went to church with he and Pam at Pittsburg may God put his comforting arms around you at this time

  • Guest: Gloria Wall

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 22, 2020

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Praying for peace and comfort for all.

  • Guest: Neil Saffelder

    From: Creal Springs, Illinois

    Date: December 22, 2020

    Pam and family,
    I met Don in high school. We had a lot of great times together. We were always laughing. Every time I would run in to him it made my day. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a good man and a good friend. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’ll look forward to seeing Donnie again one day. May God comfort you.