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Emma Bell Henry Newsom



1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021
Scales & Sons Funeral Home 314 East State Street - Murfreesboro, TN

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021
Hickory Grove Baptist Church 151 Cripple Creek Loop, Readyville, TN

Visitation with the Family:
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m on Saturday, March 6, 2021
Hickory Grove Baptist Church 151 Cripple Creek Loop, Readyville, TN

Celebration of Life:
1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2021
Hickory Grove Baptist Church 151 Cripple Creek Loop, Readyville, TN

The Service of Committal & Interment:
Following the Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 6, 2021
Newsom Family Cemetery - Readyville, TN

On February 26, 2021, God took Emma by the hand and lead her to eternal rest. Emma Bell as she was called by her family and friends was the fourth of ten children born to the late Martha Jane & Jimmy D. Henry Sr., on October 18,1933 in Christiana, Tennessee.

She married the love of her life, James Hershell Newsom Jr., May 5,1950 and was the proud mother of eight children. Her brother Jimmy D. Henry Jr. (uncle Brother) use to say, EmBell and John Eddie is going to kill the whole family because they keep having all these children. Those two combined for fourteen children. Old folks believed when someone was born, somebody died. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister, sister-n-law, aunt, cousin, friend, a shoulder to cry on, a listener, the person to go to when you didn't know what to do. She was our Rock. She was the person that never wanted to say anything bad about anyone. Emma's heart carried the burdens of many, but you would never know. Emma gave her life to Christ at an early age and when her health permitted she would attend Hickory Grove in Readyville.

She would often say, "I won't complain, "you have to show love, to be loved" & "All my help comes from the Lord". Her smile would light up a room and make you forget all your problems. She was always ready for a conversation and never met a stranger, she loved to talk; in person or on the phone. She would always ask, who are their people or who are they related to? Or did you get the person's name? If she talked to you long enough, she was going to find out who you were related to and probably knew someone in your family. Nobody could break down a family's genealogy like Emma. Not, just her family, but other families as well.

Her memory was phenomenal. Her sister Gloria would often say, if you want to know something you'd better ask Emma now, because, I don't know all that stuff. She was a great cook & didn't use recipes or fancy seasonings. She always had a bite to eat on the stove if you stopped by. She loved to write and had the most beautiful handwriting you have ever seen. Every piece of mail, paper or notebook had something written on it; Bible scriptures, her children & grandchildren names phone numbers, birthdays, Shop & Swap notes, To God Be the Glory & Straight From the Heart notes or WGNS birthdays.

Mom loved calling in her family's birthdays to WGNS & she knew everyone's birthday. She especially loved calling you, when you won the cake or cinnamon roll. Often shed just write a scripture from the Bible with the date & time of who called or stopped by that day. She loved reading the newspaper and tearing out articles she wanted us to see.

Her love for God and her family was what she lived for. Emma was pure Love and cherished the simple things; her grandchildren & great grandchildren stopping by to spend time with her or calling her or bringing her something to eat always made her day. She loved her children, grandchildren and all her family unconditionally.

She never made anyone feel unwelcome. She wanted to show everyone the same love. She'd say, Leon usually comes by 10 a.m. to watch the Price Is Right with me, if he's not golfing today. She'd have a stack of coupons for Emma Jean and loved when she'd bring strawberry cake or banana bread. Mom loved sweets. If mom was not home, she was out riding somewhere with DeborahlNeicie. Neicie made sure to text everyone they were out because mom rarely left the house.

She often took pictures of their outings and made sure to get mom something good to eat while they were out. Momma looked forward to those outings, especially when she got to see family or friends. Momma just couldn't understand how Andy didn't like the Titans. They would go back and forth over him not liking his home team.

She looked forward to playing Trouble with Henry, sometimes they would pop until the morning and she loved it. She'd often say, "my boy usually gets here by 8:30. If he's not here by 9, I'm gonna watch the news and lay down." Around 6:25 pm she'd say Chris bring that remote in here or change that station, because Wheel of Fortune will be on at 6:30.

She loved to tell Martha, you can't count or add and never could. She would always go behind her score keeping from card games and find errors, which would make her day. She'd say "now something is not right, what is this? I'll keep score. Momma, Grandmomma, Biggie, Emma you will live on in our hearts forever. Take your rest. Emma was preceded in death by her husband of67 years, James Hershell Newsom Jr.; son, Theodore R. Newsom; grandson, James E. Garrett Sr.; parents; siblings, Lee V. Henry, Jimmy D. Henry Jr., Mary 1. Veals, Martha R. Webb, Walter, Robert L. and John E. Henry Sr. and Fred Batton.

She is survived by her children, James Leon (Susan) Newsom Sr., Emma Jean (Ricky) Garrett Sr., Deborah, Hershell Anthony, Henry Sr., Christopher and Martha Newsom; 17 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; siblings, Gloria Spann and William (Emily) Henry Sr.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


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Scales and Sons Funeral Home

PHONE: (615) 893-1313 - 24 hours a day

314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

P.O. Box 1371
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371