James Beauford New, 81, passed on Aug. 26, 2007. He was born April 7, 1926, to Thomas Beauford and Lora Irene Hewitt New in Mound City.
He graduated from Mound City High School in 1944 and joined the U.S. Navy. Attended Washburn University for half a year then to the Great Lakes for training. he severed as a Petty Officer 3rd Class aboard the USS Eberle DD430. He received the American Area Camp Medal, European-African-Mid East Area Camp Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Camp Medal, Point System and World War II Victory Medal. JB was discharged at Charleston, South Carolina in 1946.
On April 7, 1948 he was married to Bonnie Jean Scott in Mound City.
J.B. worked for the U.S. Postal service in Mound City and Fort Scott retiring in 1981 with 35 and a half years of government service.
He was a 60 year member of the American Legion Hewitt New Post, past Master of Masonic Lodge, past Patron of the Eastern Star. As a young man he was a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge. JB play Santa Clause on several years for Mound City Santa Claus Day.
J.B. enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and yard work. Most of all he enjoyed his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a baby daughter, Vicki Lee and a baby grandson Thomas Kent Slocum.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie; children Scott New and Merleyne, Ramona Slocum and Bryan; grandchildren Rebecca New, Tonya Carpenter and Chad, Heather Best and Trevor, Chris Slocum; 10 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Wall Street Church, Mound City.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Coffel-Schneider Chapel.
Contributions are suggested to Hope Lodge, 1100 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo. 64104. Interment will be at the Woodland Cemetery, Mound City, Kan.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.coffelschneider.com.