John L. Newsome

December 21, 1950 - February 14, 2024

12/21/1950 - 02/14/2024

Past Services

Monday February 19, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Additional Information:

The family will greet guests any time at the home on Early Station Road, Ahoskie, NC.

Funeral Service
Monday February 19, 2024
2:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Monday February 19, 2024
2:30 pm
Ahoskie Cemetery
First Street
Ahoskie, NC 27910

John L. Newsome

December 21, 1950 – February 14, 2024

AHOSKIE, NC – John L. Newsome passed away peacefully at home after a brief battle with pneumonia in the early morning of February 14th at the age of 73.

He was a graduate of Ahoskie High School, Class of 1969.  After attending Elon University, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in political science.  He received a master’s degree in history from East Carolina University in Greenville and taught social studies at Hertford County Middle School for six years.

He joined the Greene-Bryant Insurance Agency in Ahoskie in the early 1980’s and later opened and operated his own insurance company, the Newsome Agency, for over 35 years, retiring in 2017. Associated with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance for 25 years, he received numerous producer awards, as well as recognition from other companies for client services.

John was an avid sports fan and enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball for several years.  He liked to watch football, tennis, and baseball, and counted Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter (while he was with the Yankees) as one of his friends. He followed his namesake’s (Notre Dame Football player Johnny Lujack) career throughout his life.

He loved listening to George Strait, reading books about history, and watching his kids play sports.  He and daughter, Holli, traveled the state of North Carolina for NC Junior Tennis tournaments while she was in school. He was so proud when son, Jamie, would dunk the ball at high school basketball games.

John was a lifelong member of the Ahoskie First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and member of the Trust Committee.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lisa, of the home; daughter Holli (Bryan), of Raleigh; son Jamie (Erin) of Raleigh; brother Henry Newsome, of Chesapeake, Virginia; three grandchildren, Elliette, age 10; Adeline, age 5, and Rory, age 1 year; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Preceding him in death are his parents Goldie and Lloyd I. Newsome; brother, Lloyd I. Newsome, Jr.; and brother, Jack Newsome.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial donations be made in memory of John to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or online by clicking here

A celebration of life service will be held Monday, February 19, 2024, at 2:00 Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie with a graveside service to follow at Ahoskie Cemetery. The family will greet guests at the funeral home one hour prior to the service, at the gravesite, and at the home on Early Station Road at other times.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is entrusted with handling the arrangements for the Newsome family. To offer condolences and share memories, please visit

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Greg Overton
24 days ago

Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about John. God bless you.

Sonya Askew-Williams
1 month ago

Lisa and family,
I was sadden to learn of John’s passing. He was one of my teachers at Ahoskie Middle School. I will always remember all our pleasant conversations whenever we’d see each other at the hospital or events. My sincere condolences.

Wendy Overton-Ervin
1 month ago

Lisa, I was shocked to hear that John has passed. You were both so kind to us by attending my mother’s service a few years ago. I enjoyed talking with both of you that day. John was such a nice person. My prayers are with you and your children during this difficult time.

Deborah Fowlkes
1 month ago


Stephen and I are so sorry to hear about John. We remember both of you fondly and how welcoming and friendly you were during our six years in Ahoskie. John was a very warm and kind person. One of my favorite memories of him is when he brought us a Christmas tree. We were a young family, recently out of grad school and new to Ahoskie, and we couldn’t afford a Christmas tree. John was teaching at the time, and when school closed for the Christmas holidays John showed up at our house with the large Christmas tree from his classroom, already partially decorated! He made our Christmas that year.

We are keeping you, Holli and Jamie in our prayers.

Deborah and Stephen Fowlkes

Jackie Godwin
1 month ago

Buddy Godwin
I am sorry what happened John
Him I been closed friends

Thelbert Brown
1 month ago

I remembered John as always one of the nicest people I ever met. He always worked hard with his brother when living in Earlys Station. I’m very proud to have known him and the kindness he always displayed whenever we met. Lisa my prayers are with you and your family. Thelbert

Charles & Leah Newsome
1 month ago

Lisa, Our hearts hurt for you and your family in the loss of John. May you all feel extra measures of God’s peace, comfort, and love now and in the days to come.

Trish Jernigan Carson
1 month ago

Lisa and family, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. It was a shock. I remember several years ago when I was working at the nursing home and not making much money, John asked if I’d like to work for him and keep his office straight since he wasn’t there all of the time. I was glad for the opportunity and he was a great boss and friend. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. God bless all of you and keep you and comfort you as you go through this.

Margaret Brittenham
1 month ago

Lisa so sorry to hear about JOHN. HE will be missed. You and the family are in my prayers.

Kay Byrd
1 month ago

Lisa and family, I was so shocked to hear this news as I’m sure you all are reeling, too. Prayers for all of you.