Walter Franklin “Punk” Newsome
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 1:00 PM from Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Reverend Roger Schwartz officiating.
Interment will be at 3:30 PM in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Gibson, GA.
Mr. Newsome, son of the late Elbert Lewis and Susie Bell Usry Newsome, was born and raised in Glascock County, GA. He served in the United States Army, completing basic training at Ft. Bliss, TX, and serving overseas in Austria with the 11th AAA (Anti Aircraft) Brigade. He returned to Fort Benning, GA, where he was honorably discharged in 1955. In 1969 he retired from VAMC and became a store/shop owner, running businesses such as a grocery/package shop, a game room shop, and an electric motor shop, until selling out in 1990. He enjoyed being a vendor. He was an active member of American Legion Post #150, We the People, and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by his children, Larry Joe Newsome, Sr, Rodney Franklin Newsome, Sr, and Charlene Newsome Bridges.
He is survived by his grandchildren, Rodney Newsome, of Lincolnton, Larry Joe Newsome, Jr, of Washington state, Ryan Newsome, of Augusta, Paige Newsome, of Georgia, Randy Cook, Jr, of Augusta, and Jamie Scearce, of Key West, FL; several great grandchildren; his nephew, Wayne Scarborough; and his loving companion, Ruth Craft.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Quilters of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
If so desired memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 402 Aumond Rd, Augusta, GA 30909.
The family will receive friends Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon at the church.
Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, GA, 30906.