Dr. Ron Newsome, 68, retired professor with the physical education department at Tarleton State University, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, April 22nd at Wisdom Gym on the campus of Tarleton State University. Services are under direction of Stephenville Funeral Home.
Ron James Newsome was born on September 15, 1943 in Pittsburg, Texas to Ross and Frances Newsome. He grew up in Mt. Pleasant, and went to college at East Texas State University. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate at East Texas where he was active as a football coach.
Early in his career, he coached at Bells, Round Rock, and Huffman high schools. Later he coached collegiately at Arkansas Tech, Ouachita Baptist, Western New Mexico, East Texas State, and Southeastern Oklahoma. He spent 18 months at the University of Houston as an academic coordinator. He came to Tarleton in 1983 as a football coach with Bobby Fox and was named athletics director in 1988. After five years as athletics director, Ron went back to the classroom and began his next career at the “Voice of the Texans.”
Ron was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and shareholder, having recently taken a trip to Lambeau Field to see a Packers game in person. He loved the New York Yankees, especially his all-time favorite, Mickey Mantle. He was able to see a game at the “Old” Yankee Stadium in New York accompanied by his son Seth and Coach Jack Allen. His greatest passion was for East Texas State University, especially the 1972 National Championship Football Team. He loved orchestrating reunions, golf tournaments, and get-togethers for members of the team.
Dr. Newsome touched countless lives throughout his years as a coach, mentor and educator. He leaves behind many friends, colleagues, and former students. He is survived by his wife, Alice; his son, Seth Newsome of Houston; his daughter Brooke Newsome and her children, Madeleine and Vivienne of New York City; his brother Don and sister-in-law Carol Newsome of McKinney; his brother-in-law Ben Arrington and sister-in-law Darlene Arrington of Mexia; mother-in-law Frances Arrington of Stephenville; nephews Tom Newsome and Tim Newsome and their families; and nephews Caleb Arrington and Zack Arrington and his family.
Family wishes expressions of sympathy to be made to a scholarship to be named at Tarleton State in Ron’s memory, or the Ross Newsome Teaching Award Scholarship at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, or to any of the Texas A&M Commerce Athletic or Physical Education scholarships.
Online condolences may be made at www.stephenvillefh.com