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July 31, 2013

Newton F. Moncrief, 99; Clarksville

A funeral Mass for Newton F. Moncrief, 99, Clarksville, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, New Albany, with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, New Albany. He died Monday, July 29, 2013.

He was born Dec. 21, 1913, in Waco, Texas, to his late parents, Newton F. and Magdalena Sparks Moncrief. He served his country in the United States Air Force during WWII, spending more than three years as an instructor at Buckley Field in Denver. He was hired by Dr. Pepper as a sales representative and went on to work for Butternut and then Delmonico for 25 years until opening his own food brokerage company which he operated for 15 years.  He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, New Albany, and was a sports enthusiast, especially golf, card playing, and the race track. He was a kind, gentle, and proud man who loved people and enjoyed socializing and always had a story to tell.  Most importantly, he was a loving and caring father and husband.

Survivors include a daughter, Judith Moncrief; several special nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Besides his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife of almost 65 years, Rita Richards Moncrief; his twin sister, Margaret; and his three older sisters.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kraft Funeral Service, Charlestown Road Chapel, New Albany.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Ill., 60607.

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