Daniel Joseph McNew
West Melbourne, FL
Daniel Joseph McNew went home to be with the Lord Saturday, January 11, 2014. He enjoyed a lifetime following Jesus, under God's protection and grace. Daniel was born in Glade Springs, Virginia to Joseph Daniel & Corrie Rutherford McNew in 1914. Daniel resided in West Melbourne and attended Bowe Garden's Baptist Church. Daniel pursued his interest in aviation through his career in the US military where he held the rank of chief master sergeant. He fought in World War II, and Korean War and supported the Vietnam War in the Civil Service. He joined the US Army Air core in 1931, and was transferred into the Air Force, and upon retirement from active military in 1954, Daniel worked for the Civil Service for 13 years. He was a proud member of the 40th bomb group where he flew on B-29s as the flight engineer. Daniel's proudest career accomplishment was when he helped load the atomic bomb in North Field (Tinian). In Daniel's 99 years of life he has held the occupations of farmer, automobile & aircraft mechanic, soldier, fireman, flight engineer, ROTC professor at the University of Alabama, technical advisor, logistician, and investor. Daniel enjoyed spending time with his family, travelling, working around the house, and serving the Lord. He is survived by his wife Mary McNew, son Johnny McNew (wife Suzanne), step-daughter Mary D. Renfro, granddaughters Wendy Cornett, Cathy Nelson, Jenia Green, and Danielle Renfro, grandson Perry Elliott, numerous great and great-great grandchildren, brother Albert (Tater) McNew (wife Vera), his loyal nephew/Godson Stanley Grala, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine (Kitty) McNew, step-son Seth (Tayloe) Elliott (surviving wife Louise), grandson Josh (Razz) Renfro, brothers: C.W. McNew, Douglas McNew, Horace (Sam) McNew, sisters: Eloise Grala, Margueritte Fields, and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Bowe Garden's Baptist Church in Melbourne on Wednesday January 15, 2014 at 4pm and he will be laid to rest Friday in Washington, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, it was his wish to make donations to Bowe Garden's in his memory, or to seed blooming flowers for the glory of God.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, 2014