2017-09-14 / Obituaries

Jane Rider Newsome

Graveside services for Jane Elizabeth Rider Newsome, 85, of Washington will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017, at Resthaven Cemetery with Rev. Jim Newsome and Rev. Chris Townsend officiating. The family will receive friends at Hopkins Funeral Home beginning at 2 p.m. the same day. She died Saturday, September 9, 2017, at PruittHealth Washington.

Mrs. Newsome was the daughter of Joseph Rastus “Rufus” Rider and Lola Mae Taylor Rider and was a lifelong resident of Wilkes County except for eight years when she and her husband, Smythe Newsome, owned and operated The Chatsworth Times in Chatsworth, Georgia. She was educated in Wilkes County schools and was a graduate of Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville with a degree in music.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Washington and began playing the piano and organ there as a teenager. She had served as the church organist continuously since 1965 until her retirement early this year. In the church, she also served on various committees and was the director of the Children III Department for many years.

Mrs. Newsome was the author of At Home in Washington-Wilkes, a non-fiction work featuring the many historic and unique homes in her hometown. She was also the author of the popular column, “The Office Cat,” which appeared weekly in The News-Reporter. In nearly 50 years since its beginning, she never missed a single week until her health began to fail in early 2017. She was also a typesetter and office manager for the newspaper for many years.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Newsome was preceded in death by her husband; a son, John Andrew Newsome; and two infant children. Survivors include her son, Sparky Newsome and his wife, Mary, of Washington; grandchildren Lizzie Newsome Holmes and her husband, Justin, of Cookeville, Tennessee; Daniel Jumper Newsome and his wife, Alexa, of Decatur, Georgia; and Molly Newsome Esswein and her husband, Mitchell, of Cumming, Georgia; great-grandchildren Rider and Vera Holmes; a sister, Jo Rider Randall and her husband, Buzzy, of Clinton, S.C. (formerly of Washington); a double-first cousin, Don Taylor and his wife, Miriam, of Birmingham, Alabama; a niece, Lyn Randall and Bill Cannon of Tybee Island, Georgia; nephews Randy Randall and his wife, Kim, of Clinton, S.C.; Joe Randall of Athens, Georgia; and Mike Sherrer and his wife, Debra, of Rayle, Georgia.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Sherrer, Randy Randall, Bill Cannon, Joe Randall, Mercer Harris, and David Harris.

Hopkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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So sadden to learn of the

So sadden to learn of the death of Jane. We enjoyed reading the Office Cat each week that helped us keep up with so many friends in Washington. We will keep Sparky and the family in our prayers. Rev. Chip & Pam Wilson