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Pop’s presents New family with donation

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Pop's presentation 3

Pop’s Bar and Grill in Millington presented the family of the late Sgt. Stephen New’s parents Michelle and Bill with a check from $600. The business opened by the late William “Pops” Lee Beckman is now under the operation of his wife Jeanne “Ms. Jeanne” Beckman. Back in December Pop’s featured an upside down Christmas Tree fully decorated by Donna Ankebrant, Rhonda Ledbette and Terri Strauser. The trio used the tree in a raffle raising $600. Since January, the women and Beckman were looking for a charity to donate the money. “Once we heard of one of our own dying overseas, we felt it was right to donate the money to his family in his name,” Beckman said. New was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire. The Defense Department said the 29-year-old Bartlett native died July 28 in Bagram. New’s unit came under fire in the Sarobi District of Kabul Province. New was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Jackson, Miss. New was welcomed back to the United States earlier this month at the Millington Regional Jetport. “People have been just awesome showing there love for Stephen and for our country and the love of God has been amazing and just overwhelming,” Bill said.

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