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John L. Newsome

Mr. John Lee Newsome, 81, died early Monday morning November 2, 2015, at his home in rural Jefferson Davis County. Services for Mr. Newsome were held November 7, 2015, at the Silver Creek M. B. Church in New Hebron, with Pastor Hosea Brown of St. Mary Church of God in Christ officiating. Interment was in the Coleman’s Family Cemetery on Highway 42, with Laird Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Newsome was the son of the late Alonzo Newsome and the late Annie Lou Dixon Newsome of New Hebron. Later in life, Mr. Newsome joined the St. Mary Church of God in Christ under the leader ship of former Pastor Abraham Jones, where he remained a member until his demise.

Mr. Newsome married the former Bonnie Coleman, and to this fifty-nine year union six children were born, one of whom, (Kenneth) preceded him in death. In addition to being a loving and careing father, Mr. Newsome provided for his family by working more than thirty years at Griffith Tires, where he touched the lives of countless people, and kept many of us rolling.

Mr. Newsome’s survivors included his loving and caring wife Bonnie Newsome; one son, John D. (Angelia) Newsome of Pensacola, FL; four daughters, Lavern (Samuel) Parkman, Diana (Slvania) Dampier, both of Prentiss, Gloria (Rev. Randolph) Chestang, of Sumrall, and Pamela (George) Sandifer of Hattiesburg; one brother, L. W. Newsome of Magee; four sisters, Norene Newsome of New Orleans, LA, Annie Jean Davis, Willie Mae Hooks and Elaine Bridges, all of Prentiss; ten grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.