Thomas Leslie Newsome III

31 January, 19729 February, 2021

Thomas “Lee” Leslie Newsome III, 49, of Normal, Illinois passed away surrounded by family February 9, 2021. He was born January 31, 1972 to Thomas and Janelle Newsome (Garrett).

Lee is survived by his wife Jennifer Newsome (Tobias), in addition to his mother Janelle Newsome of Raleigh, NC, sisters: Amie Newsome of Charlotte, NC, Jamie Newsome of Raleigh, NC, and niece London Kelly of Raleigh, NC. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Newsome Jr.

Lee was a high school math teacher for 4^2 + x = North Carolina + Florida + Illinois Years and has been a mathematics instructor at Mathnasium in Normal for the past 5 years. Lee was an avid clogger, having clogged since elementary school with several clogging groups in North Carolina and Illinois. Lee was known for his love of board games, Star Wars, and all things related to comic books and superheroes. His favorite days were Pi day and May the 4th be with you. He was a life-long NC State and Carolina Hurricanes hockey fan. Lee was a loving husband, son, brother, and uncle.


  • Public Visitation

    Saturday, 3 April , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 3 April , 2021



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Ann Pupa Hamilton

6 April 2021

I watched Lee, while I worked with his parents at Broughton High School, grow up. Lee was always a sweet child and grew into a smart, well mannered, and very likable young man. My heart is extremely saddened to learn of his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Sue Glesing

3 April 2021

It was such a joy having Lee as a member of our clogging group, even if it was only for a short time. He left an impression on all of us, from teaching our beginners, to giving us new choreography. Thank you Lee! You will be missed.

Charmaine Gabel

3 April 2021

We will miss Lee’s love of all things mathematical and puzzling. Our world is a little less bright without him.

Deborah McGinley

2 April 2021

Lee, you had the kindest soul and you will be terribly missed. Jennifer, my sincerest condolences. I’m here if you need anything.

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