William “Bill’’ Earl Newsom, 76, of Beeville, TX, died on March 10, 2019. Newsom was born Aug. 26, 1942, in San Antonio. He attended A.C. Jones High School and earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960-64. He married Beth Wroten in Beeville on June 9, 1973.
Newsom was a Special Ranger for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He also worked as an investigator with the 36th Judicial District. He had a lengthy law enforcement career with the Aransas Pass and Ingleside Police Depts., Bee County and Travis County Sheriff’s Office and later retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 2003.
Newsom participated in many organizations, including: Rodeo Cowboy Association, Bee County Historical Commission, and Bayside Historical Society. He enjoyed rodeo, politics, reading, hunting/fishing, Texas history, archeology, and especially loved photography.
Bill was preceded in death by a son, Baby Boy Newsom; his parents, A.E. “Slick’’ and Alice Evelyn Chesnut Newsom; and his father- and mother-in-law, Tommy and Mary Wroten.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Beth Newsom of Beeville; a daughter, Amy Elizabeth Newsom (Jeff Butler) of Beeville; a son, William Wroten Newsom (Stephanie) of Rockport; a sister, Nancy Newsom O’Neil (Tommy) of Beeville; sister-in-law, Judy Wroten Cline (Larry) of Beeville; nephews, Allan O’Neil (Michelle), Christopher Cline (Jillian) and Matthew Cline; and nieces, Keleigh Walters (Matt) and Kathleen O’Neil.
Donations in his memory may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Beeville Animal Shelter or a charity of one’s choice.
Published in the May 2019 Issue of The Cattleman Magazine