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Newton remembered for business, civic service

By Xavier Smith editor@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Glyn Edward Newton, long-time teacher for Dale Carnegie Training, died Friday in Monteagle.  

His wife of 49 years, Lynda, said Newton was trimming back weeds on one of their Monteagle cabin properties near the edge of a bluff when he fell. Lynda is the oldest child of Jo Doris and the late J.B. Leftwich, long-time columnist at The Lebanon Democrat.

“He was alone at the cabin and always wanted the place to look good so he was working on the yard,” she told the Farragut Rotary Newsletter. “We don’t know why he fell, if he fainted or lost his balance or slipped or what.  The bluff is very sheer. There were some workers at the house next door who found him.” 

“My dad’s favorite relaxation activity was work in general,” said Andy Newton, “but working in the yard was therapeutic for him.”

Newton attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he received a degree in agriculture, served as president of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, and met his future wife. On April 15, 1965, the couple married at the old United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

Soon after graduating, he began a more than 35-year career with Dale Carnegie Training, a company that teaches individuals knowledge, skills and practices they need to be successful in business. He became a franchise owner in 1975 and later expanded his operations to include franchises in parts of Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky and Middle and East Tennessee. He later won the Dorothy Carnegie Award for outstanding contributions to the company.   

“The Dale Carnegie business has provided me with an opportunity to hire and develop people and to achieve measurable results for organizations and individuals,” Newton said in the Montgomery Business Journal in 2009. “Seeing people develop potential has been particularly rewarding to me.” 

Six franchises came from the Newton organization.

Newton joined the Rotary Club of Farragut in 2012. In 2013, they recognized the Newtons as “major donors” to the foundation. The Rotary Foundation recognizes couples or individuals when their combined personal or cumulative giving has reached $10,000.

Upon retirement, Newton enjoyed various activities. These included managing his rental properties in Lebanon and other parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Florida, continuing to educate others with his business expertise and spending time with his family.

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