Jackson W. New was born in Bedford on December 18, 1942, to Edith Viola New and James R. New. He had three younger sisters, Becky New, Noretta New and Mary Fan New. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church and enjoyed church camp when he was growing up.
In his senior year of high school, he married Yvonne F. Oakley and they had a daughter named Christine D. New. A short time later, he moved to Columbus, where he got a job at Cummins.
He was an engineer for over 40 years. He later divorced Yvonne and married Linda Wright, and helped her with her children, Dennis and Lee. They later divorced and, a few years later, he met Patty Walls who he was with for 20 years. He enjoyed being with her and he loved her kids, Angel, Serina and Tonya, and their extended families. Sadly, Patty passed away in 2010.
Jackson liked to travel and visit family members and friends. He was a member of the Columbus Moose #398. He loved cars and attended many car shows. He loved his daughter and son-in-law, grandkids and great-grandkids. He loved life and had a big heart. The last ten months of his life were his hardest as he fell and wanted so much to walk again. Sadly, he never did. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his daughter, his son-in-law, and best friend, Donnie Bowman who quit her job and brought him home on Sept. 8, 2016, to be his full-time caregiver. Jackson passed away at 8:59 a.m. Feb. 17, 2017, at his daughter’s home. He is at peace now with God and Patty. He is not only walking, but dancing in Heaven. He is rejoicing with all family members who entered before him. He was loved and will be sorely missed.
Thanks to all who knew him and supported him in his life. A very special thanks to everyone at Angels of Mercy and Hospice of Southern Indiana in Columbus, to Tyrone, who was there to help with him, to Andy, who sat with him so we could go out and to all the nurses and others who were there day and night when family called for help.
Survivors include his daughter, Christine (Ronnie) Hagan of Columbus; one grandson, James (Amanda) Hagan of Columbus; two granddaughters, Gladys Stewart of Hope and Veronica (Christopher) Dobbs of Columbus; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; his father, James R. New; sisters, Rebecca Wagner of Manhattan, Kansas, Noretta (Garrett) Abel of Colvert City, Kentucky, Mary Fan New of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith Viola New; his companion of 20 years, Patricia Walls; and his grandma and grandpa Anderson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 23rd, at the Free Methodist Church in Bedford with Pastor Mike Courtney officiating. Burial will follow in the family section of Cresthaven Memory Gardens near his mother and father. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 22nd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service Thursday at the church.
Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.