|By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 02:01 pm: Edit|
CWO 2 (Ret) James Donald "Jim" New, 85, of Fayetteville NC passed away suddenly 14 June 2014.
As a young boy, he developed a love for adventure, the outdoors, nature, and education. He would swim across the Allegheny River and trap muskrats along the river banks while camping out. Jim attended Arsenal Avenue School in Pittsburgh and dropped out of school in the ninth grade. His lifetime desire to serve others began at a young age when he left home and joined the U S Marine Corps at age 15. After he successfully completed the USMC boot camp, his mother reported him for being underage and he was honorably discharged.
Finally becoming the legal age, he joined the Army during World War II. Jim served as a proud soldier in General Patton's 3rd Army. His life in law enforcement began at age 19 when he was a sergeant in the Army. As a young child, Jim was taught German by his grandpa Hoffman and because of this special talent, he became a guard in a prison camp for Nazi soldiers and was given major responsibilities, including capturing war criminals in Europe in order to bring them to the Nuremberg Trials. He was in charge of three DP camps in Germany. Just after World War II, he arrived at Fort Bragg, where he became an MP.
It was at Fort Bragg where his life would change when he met his loving wife, Estelle "Rusty" Farrell, who was a nurse at Fort Bragg Hospital. Jim and Rusty married 1 December 1951, at the United Methodist Church in Kipling. They then became members at MacPherson Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville.
Jim was a member of the OSS and the CIC and was a CID investigator. He served in Korea and the Dominican Republic, where he received a Bronze Star. He attended the FBI fingerprint school and the Army Polygraph School. He was an expert in fingerprinting and was a polygraph examiner, and was called as an expert witness in numerous cases. While serving in the Army CID, he guarded Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy.
He received numerous medals throughout his military career including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Bronze Star Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), Expert Badge (Pistol), National Defense Service Medal WWII and Marksman Medal (Colt & Pistol).
After retiring from the Army, he attended Campbell University and received a bachelor's degree in business administration. He started teaching soon after receiving his degree. He was able to touch many students' lives at Johnston Technical Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College throughout his more than 30 years of teaching in the criminal justice programs. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his students, some going on to the FBI and SBI academies.
Jim inspired others to always do their best, to have a strong work ethic and to never give up. He encouraged the people around him to be strong, better themselves and, pushing forward, to have faith and hope in their future. He passed on these characteristics to those he came in contact with, especially his loving family.
Jim loved his family and was married to his loving wife, Rusty, for 61 years, until she passed away 14 April 2013, after a long illness. He was a loving and dedicated father to his three daughters and was especially proud of his only grandchild, Matthew. Seeing his grandson would brighten his day and put a smile on his face. He loved spending time with Matthew and telling him of his childhood and military stories. Jim was a dedicated grandfather, supporting Matthew in baseball, football and wrestling events.
Jim survived a critical illness in 2003, but he never complained; he always kept the faith. Jim passed suddenly though peacefully with his family by his side Saturday at Duke University Medical Center. He will always be in the hearts of those who loved him.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Edith New; and his wife, Estelle New.
He is survived by his daughters, Denise New Dickens and her husband, Howard Thomas Upton, of Hillsborough, Sheila Ann New-Horne and her husband, Bobby L. Horne, of Stedman and Deborah M. New of Linden; a grandson, Matthew Kyle New Horne; and his beloved dog, Rusty.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, 18 June 2014, in Rogers and Breece Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Archie Barringer officiating. Entombment with Masonic and military honors will follow in Lafayette Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to your local no-kill humane society or to the Fayetteville Police Explorer program. Arrangements entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.