Franklin Delano Newsom, 84, died Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Nathan Addelson Hospice House in Las Vegas, Nevada. Services were held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Shelby Hazard officiating. Burial with U.S. Air Force Honors followed at Memorial Gardens of Columbus.
Mr. Newsom was born on Monday, April 4, 1932 in New Hebron to the late John B. and Myrtle Berry Newsom. He was a member of Woodland Baptist Church and a graduate of Mississippi State University. During his time at MSU, he served in the Air Force ROTC, was an M-Club member having played football and also met his late wife, Shirley Johnson Newsom, who was a majorette. He retired as a Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years. He was a B52 bomber pilot and served in Viet Nam. He also served the Joint Chief of Staff at the Pentagon and in Germany at the European Command Headquarters. After his military career ended, he began his 2nd career in retail as the owner/operator of the Army-Navy store in Columbus and Starkville, and was the sole proprietor of two pawn shops in Starkville and Winona. His hobbies included golf, hunting and traveling.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Rube, and his brothers, John B. Newsom and Fred Newsom.
Survivors include his daughter, Lynn Kersh of Las Vegas, Nevada; son, Frank Newsom, II (Shannon) of Nashville, Tennessee; sister, Genevive “Sis” Harris of Hazlehurst; brother, James Newsom of Houston, Texas and three grandchildren, Stacey Shields (Andrew), Frank “Trey” Newsom, III and Trevor Newsom.
Serving as pallbearers were Trey Newsom, Trevor Newsom, Andrew Shields, Kirk Harris, Robert Hal Harris, Gordan Newsom, Keith Newsom, Tony Newsom and Joey Newsom.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Palmer Home For Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.