Bert Louis Newsom Sr., 88, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in a local nursing home. Bert was born March 8, 1924, in Marion, La., to Ollie A. and Henrie B. (Bilberry) Newsom. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and traveled all over the country as a geologist. Bert is survived by his son, Bert Newsom II; his brother, Jimmy Newsom; Elva Newsom; as well as his special canine companions, Baby Ruth and Bluebell. Family and friends may sign an online register book at johnsons-funeralhome.com.