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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity mourns the passing of one of our Noble Band’s most highly esteemed legends, the Honorable Brother Demetrius C. Newton, Sr., President Emeritus and our 24th International President.  Brother Newton served our Fraternity and his constituents in Alabama with passion, dignity and humility. His gifts of time and service over the decades exemplified the true meaning of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service.  Honorable Brother Newton was the brother who reminded brothers to think before speaking. His spirit of unselfish service will encourage us as we march toward our Jubilee.


During this time of grieving his transition, family, friends and brothers should be encouraged by the Apostle Paul’s message to the church in Rome, which reminds all who believe in God:  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God . . .”Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who knew and loved Honorable Brother Newton, Sr.  We love you and we will take care of Sigma until we meet again. May your sweetest dreams for Sigma be embraced and may you forever rest in peace.

Services of Honorable Brother Demetrius C. Newton, Sr.



Friday, September 13, 2013

1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Arrington Funeral Home

520 Cotton Avenue S.W.

(205) 786-6288



 Saturday, September 14, 2013

Brothers please be present at 10 a.m.
(Attire: Dark suit, white shirt, and blue tie OR Fraternity blue blazer)



Saturday, September 14, 2013

11:00 a.m.

Mt. Olive Baptist Church

5400 Avenue H

Fairfield, AL 35064

Reverend Brother Michael Newton, Pastor



Elmwood Cemetery

600 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Birmingham, AL

(205) 251-3114



Fairfield Industrial Alumni Building

5908 Avenue D

Fairfield, AL 35064



In memory of Honorable Brother Demetrius C. Newton, Sr.


Thursday, September 12, 2013 through Saturday, September 14, 2013

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity members and chapters are encouraged to honor our dear departed brother by the observance of our Three Days of Mourning, which is a symbolic connection to our Honorable Founders.

DAY 1 – Thursday:  Wear your Fraternity Pin draped in a blue ribbon

 DAY 2 – Friday:  Wear Phi Beta Sigma paraphernalia

 DAY 3 – Saturday:  A Day of Prayer. Recite the prayer below at 10:00 a.m.


May your soul soar in liberty
From the worries that gripped so tight.
May you find the peace you searched for
As you journeyed through the night.
May your labored mind be vibrant and still
And your loving mind be kind.
May you have no need for sorrow now
May there ne’er be another storm.
May the hums from “Our Cause Speed On Its Way”
Be the comforting sounds that you hear.
As you enter the Holy Sanctuary
May you ne’er shed another tear.
We will wear your memory proudly
Our friend…true brother of Sigma.
May our love for you reach the blue heavenly skies above

Until we meet again


Reverend Brother Christopher V. Brown

International Chaplain

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.



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