Ralph Eldon Newsom, Sr.


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
Teague, Texas