Our dear friend, and former Belhaven University president, Dr. Newt Wilson died this afternoon.
After a very difficult physical battle, attempting to become strong enough to be eligible for a kidney and liver transplant, the Tulane Medical Center doctors told his wife Becky last Thursday there was nothing more they could for Newt.
Yesterday they came home to Hattiesburg, and this afternoon at 3:45 Newt went home to be with the Lord.
A memorial service to remember this great servant of God will be at 11:30 am on Saturday, April 27th, at First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. Becky will have a private burial before the memorial service. Dr. Sean Lucas and Dr. Jim Baird will be officiating, and Becky has invited our Board of Trustees members to be honorary pallbearers
When Becky called to tell me this afternoon, just a few minutes after Newt died, we rejoiced together in the assurance he is in heaven and finally seeing the broad reach of his life’s work as he can now see “face to face.”
I thank God for the wonderful life of our friend Newt Wilson. It hurts to imagine him no longer walking this campus, being at football games, and being our first champion for Belhaven University.
Please remember Becky in your prayers. She is a great friend to so many of us, and while Newt held the title of president, Becky walked every step of this journey with him, and needs our support as she now takes the next steps.
Everyone who loves Belhaven University is significantly better off because of Newt Wilson. Even if you didn’t know him, you’ll see his handprints all over this campus in the lives of thousands of Belhaven alumni.