Betty Lou Newlon

October 17, 1928April 9, 2019

Betty Lou Newlon of Ft. Smith passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Graveside service will be 1:00 PM Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Ft. Smith National Cemetery Pavilion. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents William and Jewell McAlister, her husband Joe C. Newlon, her daughter Debra Newlon Cole, two sisters; Irma Yocum and Orberdell Riddle and brother Marion McAlister.

She is survived by one daughter Priscilla Hightower and her husband Hoyle of Van Buren, two sons; Noel Newlon of Mesa, AZ, and Joe Michael Newlon and his wife Deborah of Jonesboro, two sisters; Shirley Hale and Mary Sue Abney, brother Tom McAlister. Betty is also survived by four grandchildren; Kevin Cole, Jennifer Cole Bennett, Matthew Hightower, GabrieIla Hightower, Peyton Newlon and two great grandchildren; Hunter and Hannah Cole and.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church Home Bound Mission 1400 Grand Ave. Ft. Smith, AR 72901.


  • Graveside Service Friday, April 12, 2019

Betty Lou Newlon

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HOW GREAT THOU ART, Betty Newlon (10/17/1925 – 4/9/2019) was much loved by those who knew her. Betty was very generous of her time, staying home and raising her four children, being a loving wife and caring for her aging mother. Betty was a homemaker in the times of hanging clothes out on the line to dry, giving haircuts to her family, mending the clothes her family wore and preparing the best homemade meals with her pies being what everyone looked forward to the most. Her home was always open to friends and family, when coming to visit they knew they could count on a good homemade treat. Betty was always available to lend a helping hand. Caring for her grandchildren and helping her children with their adventures in life. With a giving heart she treated her family with generous gifts. She knew the importance of a good education by funding her grandchildren with a higher education. Betty had a big part in giving her children a Christian upbringing, Church every Sunday at First Baptist Church in Fort Smith, singing the hymns she loved. Recently, Rachel one of her caregivers at Methodist, stated she heard Betty singing in her lovely voice – HOW GREAT THOU ART