Elizabeth Newton Flanagan


Elizabeth Newton Flanagan, 88, of Hendersonville passed away at her home, Thursday, June 3, 2021. Born January 12, 1933, in Old Fort, NC, Elizabeth was the daughter of the late William C. Newton and Mary Will Newton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Arthur Flanagan; a son, James Arthur Flanagan; and a brother, James Newton. After briefly residing in Franklin, her family moved up the mountain to Highlands, NC. She graduated from Highlands High School in 1951 and attended the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She returned in 1981 to complete her B.S. in Chemistry. She met her late husband while working at her father’s soda shop and they were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands, NC on June 5, 1955. His career took them to Detroit, Birmingham, Atlanta, Dyersburg, Belleville, and, finally, Hendersonville in 1978. After thirty years, Elizabeth retired from the State of TN where she had worked in the Division of Radiological Health. She was an avid tennis player, an aficionado of old movies, and an amateur astrologist. Elizabeth played piano and sang soprano in several choirs. She is survived by her children, John W. Flanagan, and Katherine E. Flanagan both of Hendersonville; a sister, Mary Jo Patton; a brother, William Newton; grandsons, James Nicholas Flanagan, and John Ryan Flanagan; 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date in Highlands, NC.