Jefferson E. Newsom Jr., of North Richland Hills, passed away on February 11th, 2022 from complications of dementia. He was a man of great faith, kindness and servitude unto others. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather, a veteran, a boss, a teacher, a coworker and a loyal friend to many. Jeff, as he was known by most, will be remembered for his infectious smile and a generous heart.
Born on November 20th, 1946 in Magnolia, Mississippi to parents Jefferson E. Newsom and Juanita Dickinson Newsom of Tangipahoa, LA, Jeff grew up working on his family’s dairy farm when not in school. This would build the foundation of a strong work ethic and drive to serve others that would last throughout his lifetime.
Jeff attended Kentwood High School in Kentwood, LA where he played basketball, was president of the band and volunteered his time teaching children’s Sunday school in church. After high school, Jeff graduated with a political science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. Soon after, Jeff married his high school sweetheart Connie Penton Newsom of Tangipahoa, LA on August 18th, 1968. They would remain married for over 53 years until his death.
Jeff served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1969 – 1973 stationed in Berlin, Germany and with the 6922nd security squadron in the Philippines. After his military service, Jeff managed several stores for the Merribee Needlearts company before settling in on his chosen career in pest control. For over 15 years, Jeff was an operator and service manager for several branches of Orkin Pest Control in Tarrant County. In 1996, Jeff created his own pest control company, Crown Pest Control, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 2015. Jeff held several offices, including President, within the greater Tarrant County Pest Control Association. He also served as a board member of the Texas Pest Control Association.
Jeff was a member of Northwood Church in Keller, TX for over 35 years where he taught 3rd grade Sunday school, cubbies in AWANA and actively participated in adult small groups. Jeff was often the first to be there to help set up and the last to leave never missing a chance to serve others.
Jeff is survived by his wife Connie, his daughter Amy Newsom Brown and husband Tim, his son Jefferson E. Newsom III and his wife Keri, his son Jonathan D. Newsom and his son Jordan S. Newsom and wife Samantha. Jeff is also survived by his 8 grandchildren, Kacey, Ryan, Holly, Savannah, Myles, Olivia, Davis and Katelyn, one great grandchild Zane Allred, as well as Jeff’s brother and nephew Lester Newsom and Lester Newsom Jr. respectively.
A memorial service will be held at the chapel at Northwood Church in Keller, TX on February 19th, 2022 at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association or the North Texas Food Bank.