Valdosta Daily Times


April 26, 2014

Nellie Mae Newsome

-- — Nellie Mae Newsome, 88, Of Lakeland, Ga., passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 at her residence after a brief illness. She was born May 25, 1925 to the late Harrison Matthew and Ruth (Griner) Spells in Lanier County, Ga. She was a homemaker, gardener, avid fisherman and was a wonderful story teller. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Lakeland since she was 14 years old. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, J.C. Newsome and Johnny Bryant Fender, daughter, Amanda Newsome, and three brothers, Charlie Spells, Jody “Red” Spells, and Leland ”Buddy” Spells.

Survivors Include: two Daughters and Sons-in-law, Patricia and Wayne Ganas, Naylor, Ga, Debbie and Donald Morrison, Ocklawaha, Fla; three Sons and Daughter-in-laws, Bobby and Mary Fender, Naperville, Ill., Buddy and Brenda Newsome, Lakeland, Ga, Ronnie and Penny Newsome, Lakeland, Ga; 14 Grandchildren: Tracy Jaramillo (Danny), Kelli Jaramillo (Carl), Mandy Delk (Brad), Bree Harris (Andy), Shaun Bradham, Lindsey Muncy (Mike), Matthew Fender, Emily Fender, Allison Fender, Chris Newsome (Kelly), Brandy Benefield (Kevin), Jamie Newsome (Tiffaney Delk), Eric Newsome (Jessica) and, Billy Rae Harris (Lisa): 31 Great Grandchildren; Sister and Brother-in-law, Louise and Bill Anderson, Lakeland, Ga. and a number of Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Services will be held Mon., April 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Lakeland Chapel of Music Funeral Services with burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sun., April 27, 2014 from 4 - 6 p.m at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed online at — Music Funeral Services of Lakeland.

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