Donald Newsome, 92, of Ahoskie died Monday, January 5, 2009 in Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. Mr. Newsome was born in Colerain, NC, a son of the late John and Minnie Newsome. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Donna Aber Newsome; twin sister, Dorothy Ruffin; sister, Ruth Claire Savage and brother, Glover Newsome.
Survivors include three daughters, Anita Edmondson and husband, Ferrol, Tricia Horne and husband, Ed, all of Charlotte, Margaret Newsome of Boston, MA; grandchildren Heather Edmondson Tucker, of Charlotte,
Scott Edmondson of New York City; and great-grandchildren Andrew and Collin Tucker of Charlotte.
Mr. Newsome graduated from Oxford Orphanage. While there, he was one of four chosen to attend the 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago. He was President of his senior class and quarterback of the football team. In addition, he was on the track and baseball teams. He was chosen to tour the state for a year performing singing concerts. In 2007 he was included in a video documentary on lives influenced by the orphanage. At that time, he was the school’s oldest alumnus. After graduating from Oxford, Mr. Newsome went on to earn a BS from Wake Forest College and a Master’s Degree from East Carolina College.
In 1942 Mr. Newsome received his Ensign Commission at the US Naval Academy. He was then sent to the University of Illinois to study Diesel Engineering. It was there that he met his future bride. During the remainder of World War II, Mr. Newsome served on an LCI-G (Landing Craft Infantry Gunboat) in the Pacific Theater as an engineering officer, then as an
Executive Officer, and lastly as a Commanding Officer. After the war, Mr. Newsome served in the FBI in Kansas City, Kansas.
Mr. Newsome was a long time educator in the North Carolina Public School System. He served as Assistant Principal in Canton and Principal of both Harrelsville High School and Ahoskie Graded School.
He was a member of The First Baptist Church of Ahoskie. He also served as President of the Kiwanis Club.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 8, 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, with the Reverend Doctor Jesse J. Croom officiating. The Family will receive friends at Garrett Funeral Home in Ahoskie from 6:00 until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 and at the home. Memorial donations may be made to The First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, P.O. Box 649, Ahoskie, NC 27910, or to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.
Family and friends may express condolences and sign the online guestbook by visiting www.garrettfh.com