Today we bow in humble submission to thank God for Josephine Shannon Newton who was born on September 23, 1946 to James and Rosa Lee Shannon. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her person Savior and joined High Hill A. M. E. Church. She attended the public schools of Sumter County (District #3) and graduated from Ebenezer High School, Class of 1964, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, John Edward Boone in 1967. This marriage was later dissolved in 1988 and she remarried in 1998 to John Newton, Jr., (widowed) who she remained married at her time of passing. She leaves to cherish precious memories: three daughters, Sharron Boone of Sumter, Carmen Cherita Harvest of Kansas City, MO and Shannon Lachelle Roberson of Sumter; a special friend, Jack Pickett of Dalzell; one brother, James Shannon of Sumter; one sister, Rosa S. (Chester) Moody of Williston; one aunt, Maime Shannon of Baltimore, MO; six grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We thank God for giving Josie the strength to meet her Christian obligation with grace and unobstrutiveness to enter into a fuller life on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at home. As a family, we do not see her life or death as a loss. We thank God for allowing her to pass our way. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during all visitation at the home, 4310 Cotton Acres Road, Sumter. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Dr. J. Elbert Williams, Eulogist . The procession will leave the home at 10:30 a. m. Burial will be at a later date in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tenn.
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