April 24, 2013 (Jackson) - Our dear friend, and former Belhaven University president, Dr. Newt Wilson died on Tuesday, April 23.

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 Dr. Wilson. After returning home to Hattiesburg, he went home to be with the Lord at 3:45 p.m.

Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, said, "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. Everyone who loves Belhaven is significantly better off because of Newt Wilson. Even if you didn't know him, you can see his hand-prints all over this campus in the lives of thousands of Belhaven alumni."

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, with a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Dr. Sean Lucas and Dr. Jim Baird will be officiating, and Becky has invited the Belhaven Board of Trustees members to be honorary pallbearers.

Please remember Becky in your prayers. She is a great friend to so many at Belhaven, and while Newt held the title of president, Becky walked every step of the journey with him, and needs our support as she now takes the next steps.