Published Corpus Christi Caller Times, Aug 2, 2003
Ralph Eldon Newsom, Sr., age 80, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed
away on July 29, 2003. He was born in Donie, Texas on July 6, 1023. He graduated
from Donie High School in 1941 where he was a star basketball player. He joined
the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was a World War II and Korean War veteran. After
retiring from the Navy in 1964, he worked 23 years for the Postal Service.
During retirement, he spent his time enjoying his family, friends, and neighbors
in Corpus Christi and Donie. He enjoyed gardening and planting trees which
produced abundant fruit for family and friends. He was highly respected by all
who knew him. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. Everyone he
touched will dearly miss him. He was a lifelong member of the Donie Methodist
Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1954. He was a member of the
Fleet Reserve Association since 1947. He was preceded in death by his father,
Luther O. Newsom and mother, Emma D. Richardson Newsom.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann Newsom; daughter, Christine Newsom Russell (Josh, Sr.) of Tyler, Texas; son, Ralph E. Newsom, Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas; son, John O. Newsom (Lisa) of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandchildren: Stephanie and Sarah Newsom of San Antonio, Texas; Joshua Russell, Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona; Joseph Russell of Tyler, Texas; Jordan Newsom of Corpus Christi, Texas; sister, Mary Frances Franklin (Aubrey) of Trinity, Texas; brother, Don Ray Newsom (Lois) of Donie, Texas; three nieces; one nephew and nine great nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 1, 2003 at the Donie United Methodist Church at 11 am under the direction of Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends and neighbors Sunday, August 3, 2003 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the family residence in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the Donie United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 96, Donie, Texas 75838.
Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home
506 Cedar Street