Born June 1, 1954 to the parents of Leslie and Erma (Jones) Alexander a.k.a. Maw Maw.
Joann was educated in the San Antonio school system and a 1973 graduate of South San High School, San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduation, Joann married her childhood sweetheart, Charles Lee Newsome, Sr. to which God blessed them with two sons, Charles Lee Newsome, Jr and Michael Eugene Newsome.
Joann worked for Farmer's Insurance Company for over twenty years. She found her passion in caring for people with mental and physical challenges in home health care for twenty years until her health started to fail.
Joann was a member of the New Mount Nebo Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Walter L. Cornelius. Joann was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Joann was proceeded in death by her parents and brother.
She leaves to mourn; her love of more than thirty years, Chester "Chuck" Allen who was there during the good times and during her long illness. Joann was a wonderful mother to her son's and daughters-in-law. She cherished and loved all of her grandchildren who were the joy of her life. Mourning her departure but cherishing her love are sons; Charles L. Newsome, Jr. (Kalina), Michael E. Newsome (Jessica), and Derek Allen. She leaves behind her love for her eight grandchildren; Charles L. Newsome, III, Nathaniel A. Newsome, Kayleena (Zoe) Newsome, Mikayla D. Newsome, Elijah A. Newsome, Jaylen E. Newsome, Leeanna L. Newsome and Mykyla Allen. Joann also leaves her loving stepfather, Dr. Thomas W. Alexander a.k.a. PawPaw and her two sisters; Gloria Cook (Lemuel) and Toni Clements, the Allen Family, Johnson and Newsome Family and the Cendy Fleming Family along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
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