Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Albert "Fig" Newton

January 18, 1947August 5, 2019

Albert “Fig” Newton passed away surrounded by family on August 5, 2019. He was born January 18, 1947 in Fort Smith to Buster and Opal Newton. He is a graduate of Northside High School and Arkansas Tech University. He is preceded in death by his sister, Debbie Griffith; and his parents.

Albert is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Janna Newton; sister, Cyndie (Sam) Jordan; and brother, Gary (Judy) Newton; two children, Penni (Wayne) Templeton and Hunter (Amber) Newton; along with two grandchildren, Maddie Templeton and Fischer Newton.

Please join us for his celebration of life that will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in the Great Hall, 301 North 16th Street, Fort Smith, AR. Following the service from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm there will be a reception. Services entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorials to First United Methodist Church, 200 North 15th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

To place online condolences, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com


  • Janna Newton, Wife of fifty-one years
  • Penni Templeton and husband Wayne, Daughter
  • Hunter Newton and wife Amber, Son
  • Buster and Opal Newton, Parents (deceased)
  • Debbie Griffith, Sister (deceased)
  • Cyndie Jordan and husband Sam, Sister
  • Gary Newton and wife Judy, Brother
  • Maddie Templeton, Grandchild
  • Fischer Newton, Grandchild

  • First United Methodist Church


  • A Celebration of Life Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Reception to Follow Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019


Albert "Fig" Newton

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Fregina Jones

August 14, 2019

My condolences to you and your family 🙏🏽. God bless you all

Linn Riley

August 11, 2019

Albert and I worked together at Planters. He was always so nice and respectful to me. I thought he was fun to be around and I always loved hearing about his wife and kids. He was a hard working, very very intelligent man who was interesting. Always looking forward on how to better life and looked forward to retirement. Last time I saw him and Janna was at the nature center. Janna, I wish you and the children the best and I know you will miss Albert. He cannot be replaced. He was one of a kind. Linn Riley
I would also like to add condolences from Mildred Croft. She liked Albert a lot and I know she would want to be included sending her best to his family.

Sheila Croxton

August 11, 2019

Jana, I just read Albert ‘s obituary. I just loved him n you.
I’m devastated!! My thoughts n prayers are with you. Loved hearing your hubby’s stories. He was so entertaining!! Everyone loved Albert Lee!!
Please give me a call after things settle down n we can talk. Gail has a doctor’s appointment at 3:00 PM Tuesday. If we get out in time we might try to come by to see you at the reception. I would love to see Penni n Hunter n your grandchildren.
With all my love n heartfelt sympathy,
Sheila Croxton

Bob Dobbins

August 11, 2019

Our sincere condolences for your loss to Jana and all the family

Bob & Marilyn Dobbins

Barbara Hoblitzell

August 10, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. My memories are all from high school and of how Albert was a kind and gentle man then. I know the memories you have of your life with Albert will give you strength.

Susie Porter Billingsly

August 9, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for the family!
Susie (Porter)Billingsly

Elaine Brecher

August 8, 2019

My sincere condolences in this loss. Janna my prayers are with you and your family. We will miss Albert at our meeting breasfasts and reunions. Such a sweet, dear man! My thoughts are with you in this time.

Bruce and Brenda Vick

August 8, 2019

Albert was such a great man. I always enjoy our visits when we would see each other. He had great stories to share. He will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Amber Boen

August 7, 2019

Janna, Penni, Hunter, and Family:

I am so sorry for your loss. Albert was a wonderful man, and he will truly be missed. Every time I saw him, he had a smile on his face and always managed to make a dark day bright again. I always enjoyed standing around and talking with him. You all will be in my prayers.

Pat Hodges

August 7, 2019

Janna, & family.

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Albert. He will be missed.

Pat Hodges