Joanne Red Newcomb
Services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at The First Presbyterian Church for Mrs. Joanne Red "Jody" Newcomb, 86, of Hattiesburg, MS. She died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living.
Interment will be in Roseland Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Newcomb graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 1949. She received a master degree in Speech and Hearing Pathology from Mississippi Southern College (USM) in 1955.
She was a lifelong member of The First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS. She taught Sunday School. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She began her teaching career in the Pascagoula School system and ended in the Petal School system. She was passionate about her students whom she helped with speech and hearing problems.
Mrs. Newcomb loved the United States of America and its Constitution. She was president of the Women for Constitutional Government, teaching the Constitution to Women. She introduced Trent Lott to the City of Hattiesburg in her living room, when he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives. She organized a Chapter of Patriotic American Youth (PAY) in the 1970's and was an enemy of communism and a proponent of freedom and liberty.
She was a girl scout through high school and was a girl scout camp counselor. She loved the scouting experience. She was an avid photographer who had many articles published in the Hattiesburg American. She also traveled extensively around Mississippi.
She professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and imparted that faith to her children and regularly shared her faith with everyone she met. She always opened her home to anyone in need, including many, many animals; lab rats, gerbils, opossums, raccoons, squirrels, one famous flying squirrel, one skunk and many cats and dogs.
Mrs. Newcomb was preceded in death by her parents, D.B. and Bessie "Grovie" McCarty Red.
She is survived by two sons, Ben Cossitt Newcomb (Nancy) of Houston, TX and Dan Alan Newcomb (Michelle) of Houston, TX; one daughter, Honey Adams (Dave) of Hattiesburg, MS; seven grandchildren, Caleb, Sophia, and Olivia Newcomb, Steven and Jenna Newcomb and Lana-Blue Adams.
Memorials shall be made to Palmer Home for Children, PO Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703 / palmerhome.org.
Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM Wednesday at The First Presbyterian Church.