Dennis Newton, who passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, is pictured here in his Newton s Jewelers office shortly before the store closed in the summer of 2013.
Dennis Newton, who passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, is pictured here in his Newton s Jewelers office shortly before the store closed in the summer of 2013. His great-grandfather, George Clark Newton, started the business in 1875. (Carla McKeown)
A prominent Graham citizen and businessman passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 at his home in Graham.

Dennis Newton, 80, came from a long line of businessmen dating back to his great-grandfather George Clark Newton, who, in 1875 started a repair shop that eventually became Newton’s Jewelers. In 1976, Dennis took over the business that had been in Graham since 1928 and that he had managed on Fourth Street since 1954.

Aside from his business presence, Dennis served at various times as president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Rotary Club and president of the Graham Country Club, and was on the board of directors at Graham Savings and Loan. He also served on numerous other boards and committees in the community.

“We are saddened at the loss of Mr. Newton,” said Graham Chamber of Commerce CEO Jennifer Conway. “He served this community well for many, many years, including residing as the president of the chamber board of directors in 1970. Newton’s Jewelers was one of our longest chamber members before Dennis’ retirement in May of 2013. They became a member of the chamber family in the 1940s.”

He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon, elder, choir member and handy man leader.

Among his many positions and responsibilities within the Graham community, Dennis was also a consistent vocal proponent of the city where he was born and raised.

“I feel so fortunate to be born, raised and growing old in Graham, Texas,” he said during an interview with the Graham Leader in 2013. “It’s the most incredible town in the world in my opinion.”

More on Newton will be in this weekend's Graham Leader.