Dallas McNew, 81, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Searcy, Ark., son of George Dallas and Pearl Ferren McNew. He and Deloris Wright were married May 12, 1947. She died March 10, 1991. He and Geneva Ryno Chambers were married June 26, 1992.
He joined the Army Air Force after ninth grade. The military discovered he was a minor, and he was honorably discharged. He again joined the Air Force a year later with his mother’s signature.
He and his wife lived in multiple places while serving. They loved in Mount Clemens, Mich., New Baltimore, Mich., Oscoda, Mich., Anchorage, Alaska, Davis Monthas Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., and Herzo Genaurach, Germany, where he served as a missile-site medic. In January 1960, he moved to Gunner Air Force Base, where he served as a medical surgery and psychology instructor for 5 ½ years.
In June of 1965, they moved back to Anchorage, Alaska, where he was in charge of a 50-bed hospital. He was responsible for treating wounded soldiers coming from Vietnam. He then moved to Dover, Del., where he was in charge of bringing in bodies of veterans from Vietnam at the world’s largest morgue.
He retired April 30, 1969, from the Air Force after serving for 22 years, 6 months and 19 days. He had achieved the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.
He moved to Rickman, Tenn., and was one of two hospital administrators at Hospital Corporation of America. He converted Lady Ann Memorial Hospital in Livingston, Tenn., from a private facility to the HCA format. He stayed there until 1972, when he opened a new hospital for HCA in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. In 1978, he retired from the HCA and moved to Licking. He enjoyed farming and driving the school bus.
He enjoyed traveling and woodworking. He built cabinets in Boone Creek Church, several baby cradles for his grandchildren, book cases and decorative shelves. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He accepted Jesus as his personal Savior as a young man. He was an active member of the Licking Pentecostal Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward and Manford McNew; a sister, Pauline McNew Hobart, a grandson; and his first wife, Deloris.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva of the home; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many other family members.
Services were Saturday, June 11, at Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastors David Jett and Jerry Dodson officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Boone Creek under the direction of Fox Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made at www.foxfh.net.