CAIRO – Johnnie Gates Newsum, 65, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a member of Cairo Baptist Church. He was retired from Piper Impact and the Mississippi National Guard. He was a security guard at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Ronnie Caldwell and Bro. Marty Browning officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Newsum of Walnut; his father, Robert G. “Bob” Newsum of Cairo; one son, Greg Newsum and Amanda of New Albany; one daughter, Jennifer Newsum Sims and Brian of Toccopola; one stepdaughter, Jona Caldwell of Walnut; six grandchildren, Megan Newsum, Josh Newsum, Andrew Newsum, Kyle Thomas, Kendall Herrington and Evan Sims; and three stepgrandchildren, Jessica Rixie, Tyler Rixie and Erica Rixie.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Wilder Newsum; his sister, Glenda Newsum Koon; and a nephew, Brad Koon.
Pallbearers will be Justin Caldwell, Mar Alshargatis, Billy Ray Bailey, Mike Swords, Don Bailey and Keith Newsum. Chris Burks will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.