John Paul Newsom, was born on March 28, 1931 to John C. Newsom and Mary Motrychuk Newsom in Gary, Indiana. He was premature but his mother nursed him to health using a lamp to keep him warm and a small drawer as a crib. In his late teens John was invited to a small Alliance church in Chicago where he gave his life to Christ. His desire to grow in Christ led him to attend St. Paul Bible College (now known as Crown College) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He met Joyce Ann Golden during his college years and they were married June 13, 1953 for nearly 56 years before Joyce went to Heaven ten years ago. John worked the majority of his career at IBM where he helped develop the modern electric typewriter and computers. John was also active in the church as an elder, board member, choir member, men’s quartet and solo. He and Joyce opened their home quite often reaching out to church visitors and those in need. He visited many different countries on business and mission trips, taking the gospel wherever he went. John leaves a legacy of faithfulness to his Savior and family. He will be remembered as a spiritual giant, influencer and humble servant. John is survived by four daughters, Mary (Bill) Wakeley of Erie, PA; Barbara (John) Leetch of Lawrenceville, GA; Lois (Jeff) Elrod of Maple Grove, Minnesota; and Betty Vitale of Monroe, GA. Grandchildren: Joy (Richard) Vogel, Ann Sullivan, John William (Danielle) Leetch, Jessica (Steven) Brewer, Abbie, Trevor and Mathilda Elrod, and Brandon and Samantha Vitale. Great-grandchildren: Eleanore, Ethan, Adaline, Isaac and Asher Vogel; Alyssa and Gavin Brewer. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Lilburn Alliance Church. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046. (770) 277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. To John Paul Newsom Family, Betty, With Sympathy in this time of sadness.I’m so sorry for your loss. Dads are very special in our lives. May Wonderful memories flood your soul.

  2. Peace and blessings to you. I hope you are able to celebrate his life; I know it was very special. The memories will never fade.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless you and keep you. Love Lois and Tom Hogg.

  4. So very sorry for your loss…

    He comes from a strong family.

    He will be missed greatly.

    Your family will be in our prayers.

  5. Dearest Barbara and family, We weep but not as those who have no hope. May God’s wrap around presence hold you up and give you strength as you remember the goodness of your mom and dad these next few days. And comfort you as you all move forward in His grace. ❤️U4sure

  6. John was the sweetest person and we will miss him!! You all are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. We are grateful that he is finally reunited with his Godly, loving wife, Miss Joyce.

    Remembering him and praying for you all!

  7. Never met your Dad. I know the kind of man he was because I know his daughter Barbara. He raised a women to fear her God, to praise Him and to work toward excellence in His name. Wow! What a daddy to have. Praying peace Barbara as you and your sisters walk these muddy waters of grief.

  8. Barbara, I’m sad to hear about your dad’s passing. I know you will miss him greatly! I’m glad I had a chance to know both him and your mom. May you be comforted by our Father who comforts us in our sorrows. Love and hugs.

  9. Betty, So sorry to hear about your Dad. He sounds like a wonderful Christian man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time.

  10. John & I worked in the church office many years. He was truly a follower of Jesus as was his wife, Joyce. I had great respect for both of them and looking forward to seeing them when I get to heaven.
    Much love to the Family.

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