LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags within the state Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Nov. 20, in honor of former state Rep. Carroll Newton, who died at age 96, on Sunday, Nov. 16, at Pennock Hospital.
“Carroll’s dedication to both his community and our state helped lay a strong foundation to keep Michigan moving forward today,” Snyder said. “My heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and community.”
Newton was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1955 and served for 10 years, becoming chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Following his time in the Legislature he served as assistant auditor general to the state before he was appointed chief deputy state treasurer under Gov. Bill Milliken. Newton also spent a decade on the Barry County board of supervisors and 57 years on the Barry County Telephone Co. board of directors.
Newton was a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau and a lifelong Mason. He was a graduate of Hastings High School and was later honored as Hastings High School Alumnus of the Year.
The funeral service is 11 AM on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville.
This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Friday, Nov. 21.
When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U. S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
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