Bedford – James Riley “Junebug” New, 94, of Bedford died at 2:55 am on Friday, November 24, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
Born May 22, 1923 in Lawrence Co., he was the son of James Riley New and Fannie (Harvey) New. He resided on Peerless Road for over seventy years. He was a graduate of Oolitic High School. James married Edith Viola Anderson on May 10, 1942 and she preceded him in death on September 9, 2013. He was an active member of the Free Methodist Church, holding many positions including Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodges in Oolitic and Brownsville, TX, the American Legion in Bedford and Texas, the Disabled American Veterans, and V.F.W. in Bedford and Texas. He retired from NWSC Crane and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during WW II. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and was proud of his berries, grapes, and persimmons. He enjoyed spending winters in Texas
Survivors include three daughters, Rebecca V. Wagner of Manhattan, KS, Noretta K. Abel and husband, Garrett Wayne, of Calvert City, KY, Mary Fann New, of Bedford; ten grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren and twenty-three great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son, Jackson Wayne “Jack” New; four brothers, Fredrick (Teddy), Clifford, Donald (Donnie), and Charles Robert (Bobby) New; a sister, Jewel Anne New.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 2nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens where military rites will be accorded by members of the Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 30th and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 1st and from 11:00 am until the service hour on Saturday, December 2nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 30th at the mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com