James  (Jim) New

James (Jim) Edgar New, 92
6/12/1930 – 11/18/2022

Visitation: At Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington, Monday, November 28, 6:00-9:00pm (family only from 6:00-7:00pm).
Graveside Service: Tuesday, November 29, 11:15am at DFW National Cemetery

Jim New was born in Henrietta, Texas to John K. New and Rosa K. McJilton, one of 5 brothers and 6 sisters. He always liked to tease his twin that she was older than him. He graduated Holliday High School in Texas.

His accomplishments and adventures in his great life are many and varied but included being a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Chandler, Texas; a Knights of Columbus member, and he served in Korea while in the Army. Jim graduated from TCU with an Accounting degree which he used while working at Hoerner Waldorf Corp./Champion International for 30 plus years. After his retirement from the box industry, he worked several other jobs until the age of 72.

Jim would tell you that his greatest accomplishment and pride was his family. He was very active and enjoyed attending as many of their ball games, dances, school functions and family birthdays and holidays that he could; picking out the very best card he could find to commemorate the event. Jim freely gave encouragement and never missed an opportunity to be his family’s biggest fan and was an excellent role model and elder wise counselor for all of us. Boating and fishing and water skiing was another of his pastimes and he shared that passion with everyone. He was also a fierce competitor in dominoes and never passed up an opportunity to play. Working on old trucks and even older tractors seemed to be a hobby, not just a necessity, as there was always one of those around.

After his retirement, Jim moved to 22 acres in Brownsboro, Texas and thrived walking the perimeter of the property every day for a time with his constant companion pet dogs and reading western novels. Every year he planted a garden and shared his tomatoes and crop with all. As his health declined, his family made sure he could remain there much of his time until his death, living and savoring life at a more leisurely pace, watching deer gather at the feeder from his front porch and checking on neighbors. He loved his extended family and even in his later years, he made trips to California, Nebraska and San Antonio to visit and make sure everyone knew how much they meant to him.

Jim was married and divorced from Elizabeth Josephine (Betty Jo) Himmels and had three children: Janis Wooden, Cynthia (Cindy) Caruthers and Gary and wife, Julie New. One newborn son preceded him in death. Later, he married and was divorced from Mary Ellen Dutcher and had one daughter, Christie New. His parents and all eleven siblings preceded Jim in death. Together with his four surviving children, his grandchildren survive him and are Andrea and husband Charlie Woodall, Valerie New and fiancé Bryan Edens, Patrick and wife Lisa New, Eric and wife Kelli Buchanan, Ryan and wife Shelby Wooden, Lee and wife Michelle Wooden, and Aaron and wife Donna Caruthers. He also had 11 great grandchildren that he doted on and loved deeply.

We will miss our Dad and treasure all of his memories and laugh about all of his many stories and share his rich and beautiful life always. Please know he treasured each and every one of his many friends. In lieu of flowers you may donate online to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by clicking here. Thank you all for your prayers and heartfelt thoughts for all of us.

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  1. Thinking of you all.

    Jim was a kind man and he was blessed with a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed. I hope you can take a little comfort from knowing everyone who met your dad knew what a fantastic person he was. His Loss will affect us all deeply.

    Hugs to you all…Mike and Lori McBride

  2. CandleImageI remember visiting your house, and Jim would be there. He was always gracious and kind to me. He had a good laugh. And I know from family stories that he was a tough and intelligent man. I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. CandleImageI’m sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such a kind soul. Jim will be in the hearts and memories of his family & friends that loved and cherished him. My prayers will be for comfort and peace for all in the coming days.

  4. CandleImageJim never met a stranger ! We loved listening to him tell his stories .He was one among the best. He loved his family and friends . Jim will be missed by all that was acquainted with him. Love ,peace, comfort to Jim’s family. Love your friends Linda,Ed, Stacey ONeal

  5. Jim always had smile and a friendly word. He truly loved his family, dogs and all those he met. He had a quick wit and loved to share his stories and loved to garden. We will miss our visits and his welcoming smile and warm had shake. Debbie & Ted Bajorek

  6. So long , Uncle Jim – We’ll miss your charm , kindness and wit . The last of the Brothers who defined the greatest generation in our Clan memories , we regret your loss but congratulate you on a life well -lived and the blessings you brought to the rest of us .

  7. CandleImageIt’s the end of an era. The last of the New family. Uncle Jim was an old school cowboy. It’s so hard to celebrate the holidays when a big part of the family is missing. Saying prayers for your family. I share your grief. I gave a donation to St. Judes in Uncle Jim’s name. So sorry for the family. Margaret, Rose, and Steve Jensen.

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