Sally Ann Newton

March 20, 1951April 17, 2014
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Mrs. Sally Ann Newton, 63, passed away on Thursday April 17, 2014 at her residence in Greensboro, NC. A celebration of Sally’s life will be held at First Lutheran Church at 1:30 p.m. Friday 4/25/14. A visitation will be held Thursday 4/24/14 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Hanes Lineberry N. Elm Chapel. Sally was born in Reading, PA on March 20, 1951 to the late Mary and Donald Kaufmann. Sally graduated from Indiana University of PA. Following graduation and marriage to Tom, she was a successful teacher and gymnastics coach in PA, MD and VA. This would serve her well after the family moved to Greensboro in 1984 where Sally recognized the need for a children’s developmental program. Sally proceeded to open Tumblebee’s Ultimate Gym. Thousands of Greensboro children have attended Tumblebee’s over the years benefitting from gymnastics, dance, rock wall climbing, cheerleading and learning to be “Bee the Best You Can”. In addition, Sally mentored many coaches over the years to help them maximize their potential as coaches and human beings. Sally was a friend to many along the way. Once you were befriended by Sally, that friendship would last a lifetime. Sally’s best attributes were that she saw the best in everyone and she seemed to understand life better than most. She was always ready to listen to others and offer her thoughts on how each person could resolve their life issues. She made everyone she came into contact with a better person. Sally will always be remembered for her ever-present smile; her positive attitude; her favorite song, Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” (she did a lot to make it that way); and, her conviction that she measured her life by the amount of love that she gave and received. God Bless this wonderful woman. Surviving are her husband Thomas Newton of the home; son Michael of Raleigh; son Matthew and his wife Kelly of Raleigh; brothers Randy and his wife Sue and Rick and his wife Linda of Camp Hill, PA; sister-in-law Barbara Pyle and her husband Fred of Denver; brother-in-law Barry and his wife Nancy of York, PA; brother-in-law Jeff and his wife Kryssie of Raleigh and many loved nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all the wonderful nurses who attended to Sally both at Wesley Long Oncology and Hospice of the Piedmont. In addition, this journey changed many people’s lives and spirituality. A special blessing goes to the Prayer Warriors from Grace Church in High Point that provided healing prayer, hope, strength, and peace. In addition, Pastor Jay Hilbinger of First Lutheran Church Greensboro provided meaningful fellowship and support throughout this trying time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of those organizations. First Lutheran donations should be directed to the Children’s Ministries Fund. Audio and written condolences may be made at


  • Celebration of Life Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Victoria Stewart

May 13, 2015

Think of you often Sally but I know you are with our heavenly father who has his arms around you. You will always be a bright star in my life. You are a gift....Miss you.

Ray & Janet Murray

May 13, 2015

Sally we miss you. It may have only been a few hours we spent together at Matt & Kelly's wedding but meeting you that day for the first time has made an impact on my life! Your graciousness and love for people and mannerism was very elegant and genuine and I thank you! May you rest in Papa Gods gentle arms and He gives you glimpses of the joy going on with family here. We love you! Ray & Janet

Courtney Smith-Pope

May 13, 2014

Sally was a heroine of mine.

She taught me that strong, smart women were capable of running their own businesses. Every week I recall a lesson she taught me.. She had a knowing nod of approval that those who longed for the reward of her smile would do anything to receive.

She started a legacy with her students that will live on for centuries... A legacy of the love of gymnastics, the love of
Competing, and her longest lasting legacy.. Her genuine love of children.

I am deeply saddened by the loss of someone who inspired so many.
Children should all be so lucky as to have a Sally in their world to admire. I count myself lucky to have known her.

Linda Hadler Springer

May 9, 2014

Sally was a dear high school friend at Cedar Cliff; fun-loving and always smiling. i'm very sad to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Carolyn jacobsen

April 25, 2014

Sally was one of the finest lady's we ever met. Our love to the family left behind.

Liz penn

April 25, 2014

Sally kindly opened her heart and "gym" to me when (in 1990) I was a developing dancer, and I needed to learn how to climb a rope for at Busch Gardens. The rest is history. I went on to choreograph many of the optional floor routines. I have loved and respected Sally ever since. She will be greatly missed.
Liz Penn

April 25, 2014

To The Newton Family:

Though we knew Sally only for a short time, Richard and I were always greeted with a bright smile and a warm hello. She will be sorely missed.

Larry Stroud & Richard Kuehn

Brian Deutsch

April 24, 2014

Tom, Mike and Matt,
Words cannot express how sorry I was to hear of Sally's passing. Her smiling face is one I will never forget. I am so fortunate to have spent time thru childhood, and thru College with your family. Sally truly was like a second mom to many of us growing up, and will never be forgotten. She was a wonderful person in every aspect of life, and her spirit will live on.

Tony & Pamela McKinnon

April 24, 2014

What a wonderful gallery of photos. What a beautiful lady and beautiful soul. Our prayers are with each of you who shared her love and life. May God give you peace as you enter this new phase of your life and continue to love and cherish Sally.

April 23, 2014

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. Sally will be missed by so many but wonderful memories will live forever. Sincere sympathy to all.

Jack & Peggy Johnson (Greensboro, NC)