, Port Arthur, Texas


October 25, 2013

Robert L. "Red" Newsom

PORT ARTHUR —    Robert L. “Red” Newsom, 75, of Port Neches, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur. He was born September 12, 1938, in Palacios to Francis Marie Cavallin and Lewis Robert Newsom. Red was a veteran of the United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve. He retired from Asbestos Local #22, after forty-five years of employment as an insulator. Red was a member of Pt. Acres Sportsman Club and Fraternal Order of Eagles in Nederland and Palacios. He enjoyed duck hunting and fishing.

   Red is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Norma Newsom; son, Mitchell Newsom and his wife, Melissa; daughters, Michelle Smith and her husband, Greg and Marlinda Polanco, all of Port Neches; grandchildren, Jackie Melanson, Kirstie Gros and her husband, Dereck, and Brittiany and Kristina Polanco; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Tanner Melanson and Gage Gros; step grandchildren, Nicole and Joseph; sisters, Ann Coats and her husband, Lonnie, of Sulphur, Louisiana and Lillian Spillers and her husband, John, of Port Acres; brother, Wayne Newsom and his wife, Marina, of Port Acres; several nieces, nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   He is preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Francis Newsom; and grandsons, Rustin and Dustin Smith.

   A gathering of Mr. Newsom’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013, at Broussard’s, with interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.

   Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, New York, 10016.

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