Longtime Newton pharmacist dies

Paul Morgan Walker operated a pharmacy in one of downtown Newton's historic business buildings for more than half a century.

He was a leader in the community’s government, civic, business and religious activities throughout those decades.

Walker, who was 80, died Wednesday morning at Hospice of the Catawba Valley after several months of failing health.

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