George Newsome Jr.

Richmond, Virginia


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NEWSOME, George "Buck" Edward Jr., 89, of Gray's Mill Farm in Ruther Glen, Va. (Caroline County), passed away peacefully on June 11, 2011. He was born on January 3, 1922, in Emporia, Va. and also lived in Richmond (Highland Park) and Hanover County. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Teresa Oeters Newsome; his parents, Maude Victoria Duke Newsome and George Edward Newsome of Emporia; brothers, Clyde, Raymond "Duke", Emmett Lee, Albert "Blue"; and sisters, Marie St. Arnauld and Phyllis Ann Newsome. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Ann Newsome Weakley and husband Michael of Ruther Glen; grandson, Jason Thomas Weakley and wife, Ashley; and great-granddaughter, Skylar Reese Weakley of Hanover; sisters, Mary Betty Smith of Franklin and Martha Duke Jackson of Farnham, Va.; and close friend, Dick Page and wife, Sarah Ann of Richmond. He graduated from Greensville County High School, Smithdeal Massey Business College in 1948, then received a certificate in Business Administration in the subject of Accounting from the University of Richmond Evening School in 1957. He served in the Army (pfc) during WWII as a Field Artillery Battalion (Battery A 266) Survey and Instrument Operator. He was stationed in England, France, Belgium, and Germany (1942-1945) and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Ardennes. He received the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Medal for Good Conduct and a Certificate of Disability discharge. He retired from Southern States Cooperative as Comptroller of the Petroleum Division after working there for 31 years, where he also worked in the Feed and Seed Division and the Auditing Division. He was a lifetime member of the Institute of Management Accountants. George was a founding partner and treasurer for Blue Star Utility Company and SONS Incorporated, which developed Blue Star Estates in Hanover County. He was instrumental in forming and organizing the Blue Star Estates Civic Association. As a Charter Member of the (Roman Catholic) Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville, Va., he was very active in the Parish Council and served as Chair in 1990-1991. He assisted with fundraising events and ushering at church masses. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Richmond Assembly #1165 and a Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus Council #11042. The family thanks the Hospice of Virginia staff, especially nurse Kimberly Mott, for help with caring for George. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bliley's- Central, 3801 Augusta Ave. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Road, with a Christian Wake at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held to celebrate George's life at the Church of the Redeemer at 1 p.m. Thursday with interment at Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville, Va.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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