GREENVILLE, NC – Priscilla Allen Askew Newton, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.
Mrs. Newton was born in Windsor, NC, on March 19, 1944, a daughter of Rebecca Taylor Askew and the late Oquinn Askew. She was a graduate of Ahoskie High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from East Carolina University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa sorority. Priscilla taught in several county public school systems in the area, including Hertford, Northampton, Bertie, and Pamlico. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie. Priscilla won several awards in various shows over the years in painting, poetry, and embroidery. She retired in 1985 due to a car accident. Being concerned for others, Mrs. Newton organized a group from Roanoke Rapids, NC to begin an organization against domestic violence in that county, and also was a reporter, focusing on how different groups of people were treated by the courts in the 1970’s.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Brooks Newton of Greenville, NC her son, Anthony Oquinn Kowalski and wife, Sandra of Aulander, NC; her daughter, Janice Barrett Cox and husband, David of Marco Island, FL; her mother, Rebecca Taylor Askew of Aulander, NC; her sister, Rebecca Askew Lowe of Edenton, NC; and her grandsons, Jesse David and Jackson Douglas Cox. Also surviving is her nephew, Thomas Oquinn Lowe and wife, Nancy of Cary, NC; niece, Catherine Lowe Langfitt and husband, Dean of Jamestown, NC; and great nieces and nephews, Colin Oquinn Lowe, Kyndahl Rebecca Langfitt, Kelton Dean Langfitt, and Kerrigann SueAllen Langfitt
A celebration of life memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie. Inurnment will follow in the Ahoskie Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, prior to services.
Family and friends may send condolences and sign the online guestbook by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.