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Funeral Held for Former Tuskegee Airman


DENVER (9News) - A funeral service will be held on Monday for Colonel Fitzroy Newsum, a former Tuskegee Airman who was well known for his passion for flying and community involvement. He was 94 years old.

The service begins at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 2201 Dexter Street in the Park Hill neighborhood.

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A luncheon reception follows at 11:30, and the burial will be at 2:15 p.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery with full military honors provided by Buckley AFB personnel. Newsum passed away on Jan. 5.

He had been living in a nursing home in Centennial. He was surrounded by his family at his passing.

Newsum served in a segregated airbase in Tuskegee, Ala. in 1943 and was a founding member of the local Hubert L. "Hooks" Jones chapter of the national Tuskegee Airmen. 

In 1989, he received the Brigadier General Noel F. Parish Award. The Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 - which Newsum was a part of. In 1991, he was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame.

He retired from the Air Force in 1970 as Vice Commander of the 381st Strategic Aerospace - now called Lockheed Martin.

Newsum was born in New York City in 1918 and was the first member of his family to be born in America. He was raised in Barbados and Trinidad, but he later returned to New York in his teens. He grew up loving planes, but he was denied entry to the U.S. Army Air Corps because of his race.

He graduated from the Tuskegee program as a multi-engine pilot in December 1943.

He is survived by his wife of more than 63 years, Joan Carney Newsum. He has four children, Brian, Dani, Eric and Gail and four grandchildren: Nicholas, McKenna, Taylor and Savannah.

Morgan Aguilar contributed to this report.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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