Ivan Benton "I.B." McNew, Sr., age 92, formerly of Morehouse, and a resident of the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cape Girardeau, died on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Mr. McNew was born Aug. 7, 1916 in Naylor to the late William Benton and Rohenia Bass McNew. He moved from St. Louis to Morehouse in 1936 and served in the 23rd Calvary of the U. S. Army during World War II as a rifleman sharpshooter. He fought in the battles of the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe, and was awarded three bronze stars for those campaigns.
He was a mechanic and owned and operated McNew's Garage in Morehouse for 32 years. He later owned NcNew's Used Auto Sales in Sikeston for 10 years. He was a member of the Morehouse General Baptist Church, and also served as Mayor of Morehouse for 12 years. He was a past member and office holder of the Kiwanis Club of Morehouse. He was a member of the Sikeston Eagles Club for several years.
He was married to Lydia M. Merriman on May 6, 1935 in Neelyville. She preceded him in death Dec. 17, 1975. He married Doris Pemberton on July 1, 1990 in Charleston, MO. She preceded him in death Aug. 27, 1998.
Mr. McNew is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law: Shirley and Jim Tate of Dexter, Audrey King of Morehouse and Phyllis Parker of Sikeston; by one brother and sister-in-law, Herman and Zelma McNew of Sikeston; a daughter-in-law, Liz McNew of Morehouse and a sister-in-law, Opal Merriman of Sikeston. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, I. B. McNew, Jr., a son-in-law, Linzle Parker, a sister, Mary Tucker, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Sunday, Nov. 9 at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. Services will be conducted at 11 am on Monday in the Nunnelee Chapel, with his nephew, Rev. James Littles of Piedmont officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors by the Missouri Military Funeral Honor Guard Unit.