Louis Champion Newsome
September 26, 1941 – July 11, 2020
Louis “Champ” Newsome
Augusta, GA. Louis Champion Newsome, who aspired to be the man behind the chair, Augusta’s area’s premier stylist and barber for more than 50 years passed to his glory on Friday, July 10th at home with family. Champ was a member of the American Legion, Augusta Elks Lodge, and the Bayville Boys. He proudly contributed to the Boy Scouts of America, Richmond County Recreation Department, and Wounded Warriors. Champ was preceded in death by his beloved mother Lelar Frances Hadden, and his father Eather Louis Newsome.
Champ is survived by his daughter Melissa Newsome, son Troy Templeton, grandchildren Glynn Scott Cochran, Ian Pierce Gardner, Seth Louis Gardner, Christopher Templeton, Patrick Templeton, and one great-grandson Aaron Jeremy Cochran.
Champ joined the US Navy in 1962 where he chose to support morale with a clean haircut and share life stories. He departed the Navy as a Petty officer and decided to continue his practices and skills at the Daniel Village Barber Shop. Champ then chose to occupy an upscale styling shop at the Matador. Champ served customers at Thunderbird Inn from 1976 until 1987 when he decided to open his permanent location on Chafee Avenue “Champ’s Hairstyling”.
Champ’s off time involved traveling for fishing and hunting. He loved nothing more than fishing on ponds, lakes, and rivers all over the USA. He loved fixing things and making his own bamboo flyrods. Champ was a friend and a barber for his clients, and he was where you went to see a smile and receive sage wisdom. Champ was always happy to see you and knew he had a great life behind the chair.
On Friday 17th at Fat Man’s café 4:30, a celebration of life will be held with friends and family. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to Wounded Warriors or the Boy Scouts of America.
Louis Champion Newsome
July 18, 2020
I started going to Champ in 1975, not soon after he moved to the Thunderbird Hotel, and the last time he cut my hair was in March 2020, 45 years! Over the years, I heard stories about his family, old girlfriends, hunting and fishing trips, and any project he was working on! He would also give you his advice or opinion if you asked for it. I always left feeling better than before! Even when he was in cancer treatment, he was still positive! It will be strange to have my haircut from anyone else! I will miss my old friend! God bless Melissa and family.
July 17, 2020
I loved reading what has been said by others. We have lost a dear friend, a man who loved doing what he did, and he did it so well. It has been so long since I searched for someone to cut my hair, and I dread the search, for there are surely others with the needed skills, but there will never be another Champ.God bless you Champ!
July 17, 2020
Champ was just that , a real Champ. Never grumpy, always smiling and always looking to tell you a good story. There was always just enough time between visits for him to tell you what he had caught fishing or what he had killed hunting since you were there last. He loved the outdoors and loved to share his experience . You were indeed the Man Behind the Chair and we are going to miss you!
Milton (Mickey) Avrett
July 16, 2020
Champ starting cutting my hair in the late Seventies while he was operating at the Matador and I had the pleasure of visiting with a friend during the next fifty plus years. Champ was a great barber; however I would have paid for the visit alone. Champ was a great listener and was cheerful even during his cancer treatments. I always looked forward to Champs hallmark fishing and hunting stories. I always left Champ with a fresh haircut and a smile on my face. I will miss my friend.
July 15, 2020
Champ started cutting my hair when he started out at the Daniel Village Shopping Center and until I got a call from his daughter. My haircuts were usually 'shorter' when he was really into telling of a fishing or hunting trip and I did not care one bit. He was a guy that was easy to like. Our last conversation was about a possible reunion with some of his "older" customers when things got better.
He will be missed.
July 15, 2020
Champ cut my hair for years when I lived in Augusta. He really was a great guy and a good friend to everyone. I wish him God's speed and comfort on his journey Home. My deepest sympathies to all of his family for their loss.
July 14, 2020
Champ was one of kind......a man’s man and a gentleman. Although Melissa always cut my hair, whenever I came in early for my appt with her, he would always chat me up with conversations about some type of firearm he had or wanted, a hunting or fishing story, or plans for an upcoming trip with a few of his hunting & fishing buddies. I hate that I never got to embark on any of his adventures with him, but the ones that got to spend quality time with him, will have memories that a lot of folks only dream about. Rest In Peace Champ, you will be sorely missed. 😢
July 13, 2020
Champ was just that a champion..He was a true friend...they are very hard to find these days..I always could count on him..I will miss my dearest and oldest friend,,,he never gave up on me...
July 12, 2020
Melissa and kids all my love thoughts and prayers in the loss of Champ 🙏🏻🦋💙✝️ . I know he’s having a great time now with our savior and probably talking about hunting and fishing or cutting hair .... I loved my good looking he was such a great person with a personality and never met a stranger ... you know I’m here if and when you need me ... Love you all 🙏🏻💖💋🥰. Marilyn