James “Junior” Beatty, 90, of Laurel, Del., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, in Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, Del. He retired from Fort Holabird in Maryland, after 27 years of service, as a command sergeant-major of the United States Army, career military, serving in military intelligence. He was a World War II veteran, serving in Europe and the Philippines. He loved fishing and ran fishing tournaments, including “Operation Bass.” He also loved to travel and loved helping people. He served 50 years in the Patapso Lodge of the Masons in Maryland.
Beatty was preceded in death by his parents, James W. and Mabel F. Baker Beatty. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra Lee West Beatty; two daughters, Bonita Swan of Green Bay, Wisc., and Christine Kauffeld and her husband, Fred, of Madison, Wisc.; his mother-in-law, Betty West of Millsboro, Del.; two sisters-in-law, Tish West, also of Millsboro, and Val Betty of South Bend, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Steve West of Georgetown, Del.; a niece, Shelby West; a nephew, Cody West; three grandchildren, Erik, Tori and Kyle Swan; three great-grandchildren, Noah, Sarah and Hannah Swan; and his beloved cat, “Blackie.”
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, at 3 p.m. at the Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, Del. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be sent to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriot’s Way, Milford, DE 19963.