December 13, 1938October 14, 2013

Bobby Newsom, 74, of Decatur, grandson of "Steamboat Bill" Hudson, passed away on Monday. He was born on December 13, 1938, in Shreveport, La., to Myrtle Margaret Hudson Stough and William Garnet Selby.

As a young boy he worked the river on mussel boats for his stepfather, O.L. Newsom. He attended school at LaFayette Street School, West Decatur, Lacey's Spring, Cotaco High and Decatur High School.

He was married to Margaret Ann Russell on December 15, 1957.

Bobby received an Associate of Science degree from John C. Calhoun Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Athens State College, where he received the A.E. Middlebrook Award for outstanding Major in Religion. He graduated from the Alabama Police Academy in Montgomery, the Federal Law Enforcement Academy in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Treasury Special Investigators Academy in Arlington, Va. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Bobby was an ordained Baptist minister and served as interim pastor and pastor of multiple local congregations but law enforcement was his passion. He served the community as a Decatur police officer and detective, then the nation as an ATF agent. After being injured in an explosion with the ATF, he retired and returned to his hometown where he eventually resumed working in law enforcement for the Department of Corrections then later the Board of Pardons and Parole for 15-plus years.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his stepfather, and his sister, Linda Ellen Bell.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret, and their three children, David Newsom of Hartselle, Debra Shelton of Decatur and Darren Newsom and wife, Crystal, of Elkmont. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Hamilton and Becky Johnson and her husband, Robert; and brother, Ottie Newsom and his wife, Jeanne.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to The Salvation Army, The Community Free Clinic or your favorite charity .


  • Visitation Thursday, October 17, 2013


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December 8, 2013

So sorry to learn of Bobby's passing. I had been wondering about yall. Did a name search and found obit. Please call me @ 770-367-7276. Max Grist

October 20, 2013

Margaret, Our prayers are with you an your family Kurt and Liz Harnisch

Kay Owen Loyd

October 19, 2013

Margaret & family, I am sorry to learn of your family's loss. Bobby is included in some of the most important memories of my life. He baptized me when I was 13 years old and he officiated my wedding years later. My thoughts are with you and your family.

margaret hamilton

October 18, 2013

My big brother,Bobby, was an encourager, helping many, but never accepting credit. He would always say,"Don't thank me, thank God."Bobby was very intelligent, but the wisest decision he ever made was to marry his sweetheart, Margaret Russell, 55 years ago. I thank God for her and their sweet children, too. Margaret Hamilton

Tony Gaston

October 17, 2013

I'm very saddened to hear of Bobby's death. He was a very nice, kind, sweet, gentle, honorable, caring & loving man. I looked up to Bobby my whole life in so many ways as the kind of man I would love to become someday. Bobby truly was a very special man. I'm so very sorry for your great loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dale E. Newsom

October 17, 2013

Dearest Margaret & Family, I love you all so very are in my thoughts & prayers....always,

October 17, 2013

Debra, Just want you to let you know that I love you girl and it may not seem like it but each day you will get stronger and better in Jesus Name. Mrs. Thatch

Jennetta Perkins

October 17, 2013

Ottie, my prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your brother. My prayers are with you all.

Denise Hill

October 17, 2013

I'm so sorry! I enjoyed working with Bobby, he was so patient!

Mary Beth Linley Hays

October 16, 2013

Margaret and family, I'm so sorry for the passing of Bobby. He was a wonderful man and I loved talking with him. He will truly be missed. May God comfort each of you during this time. Think about the good memories you all have. Love Mary Beth Linley Hays