November 22, 1974 - March 21, 2022
HIS LEGACY Dr. Terrance D. Newton, Sr., affectionately known as "Newt", was born on November 22, 1974, in Wilmington, Delaware. He received his heavenly wings on March 21, 2022, while in the Christiana Care Hospital, surrounded by his family. Dr. Newton was the son of the late Marie Newton-Hammond and Earl Exum, Jr., and also caringly raised by Emil "Truck" Hammond. Dr. Newton received his education in the Wilmington Public Schools, graduating in 1993 from Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, where he served as co-captain of the football team. In the fall of 1995, Dr. Newton attended Delaware State University (DSU), majoring in Criminal Justice. At DSU, he had the opportunity to showcase his athletic ability on the football field. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, he pursued a master's degree in Special Education to follow his dream of impacting children that needed these additional services in the community where he grew up. While attending Grad school, Dr. Newton began his journey into membership of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated in Spring 2003 and was closely affiliated with Dover Alumni Chapter and Wilmington Alumni Chapter as the Ace (#1) of Murphi’s Law Line. Amongst his chapter brothers, he was affectionately known as Lord Farkward. In true "Newt" style, getting a Master's degree just wasn't enough; he returned to his Alma Mater in 2008 and took on the lofty goal of becoming a Doctor of Educational Leadership. Dr. Newton was also an active member of The Monday Club, the oldest African-American social organization in Delaware and the nation. In 2016, Dr. Newton was united in holy matrimony to Paula Dumpson-Newton. With this union, he and Paula shared a beautiful family of four children; Terrance Jr., Dajah, Troy, and Torien. Dr. Newton also opened his heart to be called Dad by Jonai Grant, Twannaja Money and Shanaia Jones. Dr. Newton accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He is a member of Ezion Fair Baptist Church and was not ashamed to talk about his faith. He prayed every day and it was not uncommon to hear him playing gospel music as it brought him comfort in times of unease. Dr. Newton managed to make every person he encountered feel like they mattered. It wasn't a façade; he genuinely cared about every person he met. To know him was to love him. His laugh, his smile, his voice - was infectious. You could always find him dancing, singing, going for a ride on his motorcycle, cooking, smoking his cigars, watching his favorite television show Sanford and Son, or telling a story. (We know he can tell a story). He loved to share stories about his challenging childhood, from facing adversity and surviving in the Eastside streets of Wilmington, Delaware, to how his resilience and determination helped him grow into the man we all have grown to love. Dr. Newton at a young age, developed a love for sports, particularly football. He was one of the first members of the "Stay REAL Camp". Stay Real camp assists with developing the importance of education and the mental and physical aspects of being a student-athlete. As an avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching his beloved San Francisco 49ers and favorite basketball team, the Miami Heat. Professionally, Dr. Newton was a fearless leader, mentor, teacher, coach, and everybody's biggest cheerleader. He started his career at William Penn High School as a Teacher and then at Thomas A. Edison Charter School as a Special Education Teacher, where he was later promoted to an Administrator Behavior Coordinator. Dr. Newton also served as an Assistant Principal at Kingswood Academy Alternative School and an Assistant Principal of the Turn-Around Schools at Universal Charter School in PA. Dr. Newton continued his career becoming Dean of Students at Sarah Webb Pyle Academy and later as the Assistant Principal at H.B. DuPont Middle School. For a brief period, he worked as the Assistant Principal at Skyline Middle School until he was appointed Principal at Warner Elementary School by the Red Clay School District. He was passionate about what he did, and he did it every day with purpose and intention. He was more than just hope for his students; he was a promise. A promise that every one of them could do or be anything they wanted to be, as long as they were willing to put in the work. He felt the students needed someone to believe in them. For Dr. Newton, every day was a fresh start, and it did not matter what a student did the day before; every day started with a hug and a clean slate. He never stopped working for his babies. That is what he called his students – his babies. His job did not exist between the school bells but rather extended into the communities and homes of the students whose lives he touched. There was nothing he would not do to ensure that his students had what they needed to thrive. He humanized the business of education because he understood that for students to learn and achieve success, they needed love and support beyond the walls of the school building. Dr. Newton connected people. He was that person who had a guy for everything. Your car broke down, and you needed a ride to work? He found you a ride. Car troubles? Plumbing problems? He knew someone who could help. Dr. Newton was an inspiration to so many. He was larger than life. We must believe that God has a higher purpose for him and continue to do what he started. His candle may have blown out, but he ignited a flame that will endure forever in his name. Dr. Newton was predeceased by his parents, Marie & Emil Hammond, and Earl Exum, Jr., Grandmothers, Patricia Scales (Sims), Ethel & Clay Newton, Sr., Mother-in-Law, Denise Dumpson, Uncle, Keeno Exum, Favorite Cousin, Troy Stafford, Brothers, Sean Hammond, Sr., Jamar" Kolb" Kilgoe, and Nate "Ma5e" Mangrum. Fond memories of Dr. Newton will be cherished by his loving and devoted wife, Paula Dumpson-Newton, four children; Terrance Newton, Jr. (Tymirra), Dajah Dumpson, Troy Newton, and Torien Newton, and four grandchildren; Ty'Mirr Rollins, Thaddeus Newton, Tillie Newton, and Troi Newton, sisters; Latasha "Kizzey" Newton (Shantia), Keenyeta, Marketta, Akira, and Chanel Exum, sister-in-laws; Donise Dumpson, Monise Dumpson, and Karen Dumpson; brothers Emil Watson, Robert Hammond, Ross Mason, Hakeem Hammond, Jameel Mickens, Tyrell Hammond, and Kareem Mickens, Grandfather, Earl Exum, Sr., his father-in-law, Paul Dumpson Jr. (Pops), Aunts; Natalie Scales-Lopez, Sharon Smith-Walton, Margaret Hammond and Mary Newton; Uncles, Clay Newton, Jr. (Josephine), Mark Newton, Marvin Newton (Lori), Kevin Newton, Keith Patterson, Vincent Patterson, Rick Exum and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
HIS LEGACY Dr. Terrance D. Newton, Sr., affectionately known as "Newt", was born on November 22, 1974, in Wilmington, Delaware. He received his heavenly wings on March 21, 2022, while in the Christiana Care Hospital, surrounded by his family.... View Obituary & Service Information
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