Charles was born July 26, 1934, outside of Goldthwaite, Texas as the oldest son of eleven children born to his parents, Alvis and Lorraine. His parents, two brothers James and Joe Don, sister Lilly, and beloved dog Charlie preceded him in death and were waiting at the pearly white gates of Heaven on Wednesday, July 28, 2011 to welcome him home at the age of 77. Oh, what a party they must have had! His loving wife of 58 years, Joyce, told Chuck just the night before that it was okay - he could go - it was time to rest. And so he did. He died only about five weeks after receiving a diagnosis of lung cancer, but he died in his home where he wanted to be and went peacefully in the early hours of the morning with family nearby. His children, Debbie (and husband Mike), Larry (and wife Joyce), Cindy, and Teresa (and husband Kenny) bid their father good-bye from the comfort and serenity of his home. Chuck's nine grandchildren, Amy, Jennifer, Chad, Mendi, Tyler, Kimberly, Kevin, Brandon, and Joey, and his three great-grandchildren, Emily, Jonathan, and Hailey lost their "Papa" too soon but will forever remember him as a strong influence in their lives. Chuck also leaves behind seven remaining siblings, Janetha, Janie, Danielle, Kenneth, Orville, Reba, and MC, who mourn the loss of their big brother Charles. While the Newton children have lost another, they are strong in their belief they will be reunited again in Heaven and Charles is not alone in his journey. Chief Master Sergeant Charles Newton retired from the United States Air Force after 21 years of honorably serving his country. During his service, he was well decorated for his extraordinary heroism and dedication, including a Bronze Star for having distinguished himself by heroic achievement and service in connection with military operations against an armed enemy. He served in Vietnam, and also spent time serving abroad in Germany and the Guam. He concluded his distinguished military career in Sacramento, California, where he lived with his family until moving to El Dorado Hills within the last five years. Chuck was many things, but most importantly, he was a family man. His family was his priority and he passed that devotion onto his children and grandchildren, who spent a great deal of time by his side during his final days. They continue to comfort each other as they mourn the loss of their patriarch, and they lean on each other for solace and support as Charles taught them to. Charles left a legacy of family love, support, and devotion that will not soon fade. A toast is in order for the passing of such a proud and loving man-grab a drink (Chuck preferred Jack & Coke and could often be found with one in hand) and toast with love, admiration, and commitment to carry on his ideals: Here's to Charles A. Newton, aka Chuck, aka Dad, aka Papa-may you rest in peace, may your family and friends find solace in their memories of you, and may all that you've taught them be passed on for generations to come. May your legacy never die. And may the Cowboys win another Super Bowl. Cheers, Papa. Cheers.