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John A. Newsome

Visitation Services

Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Echols Funeral Home

806 Brunswick Avenue

Emporia, Virginia

Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M.

First Presbyterian Church

210 S Main St

Emporia, VA

John A. Newsome., Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Ret) passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 78, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Edith, daughters Kimberly Fritz (Mike) of Biloxi, MS, and Pamela Allen (Mickey) of Emporia, VA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Crystal Carpenter, Lauren Aldridge, Jessica Aldridge, Katelyn Malone, A1C Stephen Malone, Michael Fritz, Kevin Allen (Loren), and Nicholas Allen. Also survived by siblings; Joanne, Richard, Donald, Frankie, and Butch. John was predeceased by parents Salem I. and Lucy W. Newsome, as well as brothers Irvin, RC (Spot), Albert, Oliver, and Robert.

John was a career Army soldier with twenty-two and one half years of service, much of which was served in Special Forces (Green Berets). His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist’s Badge, Laotian Parachutist’s Badge, Special Forces Tab, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, etc.

John was a carpenter at heart; taught by his Grandfather Williams. He and his wife also established and operated Picture perfect for ten years before retirement. Prior to his illness, he traveled to Panama every summer to fish with military buddies. He was a member of Disabled Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Greensville Ruritan Club.

The family is grateful for the exceptional care from New Century Hospice, especially Brittany Edwards and the Oncology Nurses of SVRMC.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home. A Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M., at First Presbyterian Church, 210 S Main St, Emporia, VA, 23847.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

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