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NEWSOM, CHRIS - age 23 of Halls, went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 7, 2007. He was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church and a graduate of Halls High School, Class of 2002 and was a member of the Halls Red Devils baseball team. Preceded in death by: grandparents, Walter Gray and Marvin and Ida Newsom. Chris is survived by: his parents, Hugh and Mary Newsom; brother, Dennis Perry; sisters, Debi Wadley and husband Donnie, Andrea Bowers and husband David; grandmother, Emily Gray; 3 nephews; 4 nieces and a host of friends. Funeral services will be Friday at 8 pm at Beaver Dam Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Hood officiating. Family and friends will meet at the Halls Chapel of Mynatt Funeral Home Saturday at 10 am and proceed to Woodhaven Memorial Gardens for interment at 11 am. Donations may be made in Chris' memory to: Young Life Ministries of Knoxville and/or the Halls Baseball Boosters Club. The family will receive friends Friday from 5-8 pm at Beaver Dam Baptist Church. Mynatt Funeral Home, Halls Chapel is in charge of services.

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2007.
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July 24, 2020
I have no words, but,
God will welcome you with open arms, as you suffered like his only son Jesus suffered.
Joseph Murphy
January 10, 2020
Maybe you're better off without this cruel world. Rest easy in Channon's arms, brother.
Bill T.
January 4, 2020
Remembering Chris and Channon. Never forgotten
Tina P
November 22, 2019
I don't know the Newsome or Christian family but I am so heartbroken over what happened to their children. Two beautiful souls. I know the angels surrounded Chris and Channon in their finals hours to comfort them. God bless the families and I pray for you often
Tina P.
October 17, 2019
I didn't know you personally but hearing about your final hours on this earth broke my heart. I think about you often. May you continue to rest in peace while walking on those streets of gold. Safe at home.

RIP Chris & Channon.
Dewayne Standridge
August 11, 2019
Chris will never be forgotten. Fly high Chris . Blessings from IRELAND
August 10, 2019
August 7, 2019
I'm so sorry for your family' and you will be in my prayers Chris and channon are at peice I'm sure they will never be forgotten
tammy Mckinnish
December 9, 2018
I have followed this story from the beginning. I cannot imagine the horror and pain as a mom to lose you child so tragically. He is definitely an angel in heaven sitting on your shoulder guiding you daily.
Carlin Amalfitano
August 19, 2018
Safe at home. ♥
Angelika Alander
July 4, 2018
To the families,
May your children rest in peace.
I pray for your families and I pray for your children's souls.
Lina Salvatore
June 23, 2018
This crime is always on my mind. I know Chris is ok and with his family as one amazing angel.

Just sending love and support.
Kristin Snider
September 21, 2017
I'm acknowledging the birthday of Chris Newsom today September 21, 2017. I never had met he or his family but I want them to know that there are many people who think of them often and pray for true peace of mind.
Vince Washaleski
September 22, 2016
Happy Birthday in Heaven to Chris.You will never be forgotten.Perhaps today there is a baseball game in Heaven for you.My best wishes to your wonderful mother and father and the rest of your family.Rest in the arms of God.
September 21, 2016
We will Never forget Chris nor Channon. Our Love to you all. I pray that the Lord gives you an abundance of graces and blessings for comfort and strength. God Bless the Newsom family, Christian family, and all of Channon and Chris's dear friends.
January 11, 2016
You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Via
August 28, 2015
For Christoper & Channon, My heart is broken for what happened. Rest in perfect peace dear angels. Dear God please love & help their families & friends. You are all forever in my heart & prayers.
Rebecca D
June 22, 2015
My sincere condolences in the loss of your beautiful handsome and talented son. Rest assure, he is in the arms of Jesus always and is now your angel. This won't make your suffering here on earth easier, but you have the power to know you will see him again very soon.
Emily Everett
April 20, 2015
Chris, I will always remember your kindness, and the smile that never left your eyes. Peace and love be with you and Channon today and always. I will always remember.
Cherie L
April 19, 2015
Nothing that would fulfill my severed heart for these two families more would be a ray of light from heaven to shine on them and give them some internal peace.
March 14, 2015
Both families are always in my prayers. I don't know how you've gotten through this, but I hope you know how many people love all of you.
Jane Sutton
March 13, 2015
Continued prayers!
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
March 4, 2015
Praying for the Newsom and Christian families. Channon and Chris are Always and Forever in my heart. I never met them here on earth but since the day I heard about them and found out what happened to them, the Lord etched their names on to my heart and soul. I so look forward to the day when I get to finally meet them in Heaven.
Hugh, Mary, Gary, and Deena- you and all your family members are forever in my heart and prayers. You are some of the strongest people I've ever encountered. I pray the Lord continues to give you strength and many graces and blessings to help you through, until the moment you are reunited with Channon and Chris.
I love you all and will Never forget.
January 12, 2015
My sincere sympathy to your family, I discovered this last week by reading a story online. I'm so sorry that Chris's life ended so needlessly and horrifically. I uphold the family and his soul in my prayers.
Guss Moberg
January 6, 2015
Praying that you are at peace. I am so sorry that this lifetime ended so horrifically.
Crystal C
October 27, 2014
Sincere condolences and prayers for all.
RIP, Chris.
John & Pat Stephens
September 8, 2014
Thoughts and prayers, always.
Debbie Via
June 1, 2014
I think of and pray for your family all the time. Debbie
Debbie Via
May 17, 2014
Haven't written in a while but want you to know, Chris, I think of you every day! God bless you and your family.
Kelly Helton
May 16, 2014
Thinking about you tonite Chris. Rest easy my friend.
Duane King
April 30, 2014
Continued prayers for all of your family.
Debbie Via
April 26, 2014
I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to the Newsom family. The senseless evil is difficult to comprehend. I pray the Messiah returns soon to put a stop to it. Until then, what happened to Chris will never be forgotten by total strangers to the Newsom family such as myself. May the Lord's peace by with you always.
Joe Macri
February 24, 2014
Gone too soon but you will never be forgotten.
Denise Johnson
November 10, 2013
Continue to keep you in my prayers.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
September 29, 2013
You and your family are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
September 1, 2013
God bless them!!! God bless u!!!!
Jamie Holton
August 27, 2013
Well I just had the honor and privilege to meet all 4 of the parents outside of Glen Beck's studio and got to tell them that Texas loves them, that I will always remember their children, and that I have and will share their story. I feel blessed!!
Duane King
August 27, 2013
May God caress your hearts with his compassion and love. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Jennifer Watson
August 27, 2013
I am very happy to hear that Mary and Hugh are going to be in Dallas getting this horrible story out to all of America. I live near Dallas and will be going down there to show my support if I can get into there. I would love to meet you and tell you in person how saddened I am by what happened to Chris and Channon and that I think about them everyday!
Duane King
August 13, 2013
Your family is always in my prayers.
Debbie Via
July 24, 2013
So sorry This happened I know your hearts is broken and this was such a tragic death, that will never be forgotten.
kathy bailey
July 2, 2013
Your family is always on my heart.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
June 24, 2013
Always in my thoughts and prayers. I lost a treasured son as well three years ago. I know and feel the loss of a child with every breath I take. Still, I always remember your boy and my heart aches for the circumstances of his passing. God bless.
Lisa Holbrook
June 23, 2013
My prayers are with you Mr & Mrs Newsome and for Chris. God bless.
Sharon Kirk
May 18, 2013
Mary and Hugh
I was so glad to see your happy faces in the news and in the paper. I know the pain and loss is still there but justice for your children won out in the long hard struggle. I pray that you find peace and know that Chris would want you to be happy and look forward to the day that you WILL see him again. We love you. Tony and Joyce
May 17, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
May 17, 2013
I did not know your son but I have followed this horrible tragedy for all of these years. I pray often for you and your family that you may find solace in knowing that you are a testament to the power of love that parents have for their children. God bless you all.
Jean Pennie
May 17, 2013
Always in my prayers.
Gina Thomas
May 2, 2013
Continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Via
April 8, 2013
Duane Tyler
April 8, 2013
Duane Tyler
April 7, 2013
Thinking of Channon & Chris

Forever Young
Christine O' Connell
April 4, 2013
March 31, 2013
It is opening day for baseball and Iam sure that Chris played earlier in the day and tripled off the "pearly gate".

Though I didnt know him, you raised a wonderful son that watches over your tears everyday trying to tell you that things will be okay.

Many of us around the states are very sorry and hope that kind, sincere words help a little and know that we share are heartfelt sadness with you.

God bless you all.
Dan Koteles
March 27, 2013
This tradgedy has touched so many people,Channon & Chris made a difference , gone but not forgotten . Prayers and loving thoughs for the Christian's & Newsom's .
Christine O'Connell
March 26, 2013
Still thinking of you. God bless all of you.
Duane King
March 25, 2013
You are always in my thoughts and prayers!
Deb Via
March 1, 2013
With Heartfelt love from Scotland. Bless this family and the Legacy of young Chris.
February 27, 2013
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
A Mother
January 8, 2013
So horrifically tragic...may God continue to comfort your wounded hearts
January 7, 2013
Goodnight Sweet Chris. We pray your family got through this day with light and love.
January 3, 2013
Praying for you, always.
Debbie Via
December 7, 2012
Still thinking and praying for you both.
Duane King
December 6, 2012
Too young, Too soon. We pray you have light, love and memories of this fine young man. With our prayers,
The West Family
Thom West
December 6, 2012
There are no words that will give you peace, no act that will heal your broken hearts. Know that so many hurt with you. I cannot begin to imagine your grief, but you are in my prayers. I am so sorry this horrific crime took your beautiful son! As a mother, my heart beaks for you. I pray that somehow, some way, God lets you feel Chris' arms around you & that your happy memories can help your bruised heart. Chris is not gone, he is always with you. Please remember that if God brings you TO it, He will bring you THROUGH it.
Susan Shea Portanova
December 5, 2012
Hugh and Mary, first I would like to thank you for your friendship and welcoming me in your family. Chris was a very special young man and he will always be remembered and loved. My thoughts are with the both of you and may God bless you.
Lisa Donald
December 2, 2012
Thinking of all of you always. <3
Jane Sutton
November 30, 2012
I am so sorry you had to die!! God blessed the world the day you were born. I never knew you but my heart aches for your every lost breath!! A true man and gentlemen. God bless your extraordinary family!!
Tracey Emory
November 14, 2012
Always, daily, praying for your family.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
October 14, 2012
Thinking of the Newsom's every day. You all are always in my heart.
Kelly Helton
October 12, 2012
I heard about this story about a year ago and I and it disturbs me still toady. As I sit here watching the baseball playoffs and I cant help but wonder if Chris might have been there someday. I promise I will not forget Chris and Channon and I pray for peace for them and their families.
Duane King
October 4, 2012
Thoughts and prayers are always with you.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
September 5, 2012
Thinking of and praying for both families and all the loved ones. I pray God continues to hold all of you up in his strength and grace and continue to comfort all of you and engulf you with love & peace despite the storms you continue to face...we know the Peace Speaker...Love & Prayers...ALWAYS, Tonya from Indiana
Tonya Smith
July 27, 2012
I have not been on here in a while but I have always kept Chris and his wonderful family in my heart. Not a day goes by that I do not think of Chris and Channon. My heart will always ache for the profound loss of such wonderful, beautiful people. I am so sorry Mr. and Mrs. Newsom for all your pain.
Kelly Helton
July 25, 2012
You're not forgotten by those who care...and there's many of us. God bless and give you strength.
July 24, 2012
You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Via
May 29, 2012
I'll keep the families of chris and channon in my prayers
Brenda Breedlove
May 27, 2012
Thinking of both families, particularly this Memorial Day. May God give you some peace,and know that everyone with a heart and soul keeps you in their prayers. God bless.
Jane Sutton
May 26, 2012
Will continue to pray for you.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
April 24, 2012
To the Newsom and Christian Family: When I saw this story I felt like it was part of my family! I will begin praying for you again! I send my heartfelt wishes that God will comfort you. I am sorry that the trials have to be held again. BE strong and remember your Beautiful loving children
Clifford Rice
April 18, 2012
We are praying for your peace. We use Chris Newsom's Legacy as an example for our youth baseball team.
Robb Wilson
April 3, 2012
Many thoughts and prayers are with you.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
February 29, 2012
will keep praying for the parents and sibling's and other relatives of chris and channon some day you all will be reunited again when the lord calls you all home
Brenda Breedlove
February 27, 2012
Always thinking of you and praying for you.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
January 9, 2012
will keep on praying for the families of chris and channon and know that some day you will be with them again
Brenda Breedlove
January 9, 2012
Thinking of Chris and Channon always. I had you in my prayers this weekend and please,please know no-one will ever forget them. God Bless the families always.
Kelly Helton
January 8, 2012
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
January 8, 2012
All I can do is pray.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
November 13, 2011
Debbie Via's August 26 rememberance is so right on as I do think of your son and of course Channon and have not left a message for you. Initially I came to "know" them because of the horrific event, but now "know" them through their parents' voices and think of them with the bittersweetnest of what will never be and should have been. God Bless all.
November 12, 2011
Im still praying for the parents and sibblings and all that's kin and friends of chris and channon will always remember the families in my prayers
Brenda Breedlove
November 10, 2011
Always praying for all of your family.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
September 25, 2011
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
September 13, 2011
Amanda Scarbrough
September 11, 2011
IM still praying for the families of chris and channon also pray for me my granddaughter went threw surgery a year ago for ovarian cancer she goes every six months to get checked the last time she went it was normal so pray it will keep being normal she will be 25 in nov.
brenda breedlove
September 8, 2011
Thinking of Chris today. Thinking of the family always.
Kelly Helton
August 28, 2011
I'm still praying for the families of chris and channon because i know you miss them and it gets too much to bear to cope but god gives you the strenth to carry on till you are with them in heaven
Brenda Breedlove
August 27, 2011
No one will ever forget Chris and Channon. I never knew them but will love them forever.
Jane Sutton
August 27, 2011
Hey to you guys.

Debbie Via is right. I think of Chris and Channon pretty much every day. Something will remind me of them and I think of the wonderful people that they are and the parents who raised them. May God keep you safe and close to Him this day. We love you, Tony and Joyce Joseph
August 26, 2011
Please know, even if people don't leave a note, something makes them think of your son everyday!
Love, Debbie
Deb Via
June 19, 2011
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers,always.
Debbie Via
Debbie Via
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