John William Norton

Published 6:00 pm Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Funeral services for John William Norton, of Brookhaven, are 2p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at Heuck’s Retreat Baptist Church,with burial in the church cemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home onNorth Jackson Street is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Tuesday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.Visitation will resume Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service atHeuck’s Retreat Baptist Church.

Mr. Norton, 73, died April 25, 2011, at St. Dominic Hospital inJackson. He was born in Brookhaven on December 7, 1937, to LamarNorton and Ruby Griffin Norton.

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He was retired from National Oilwell and continued his career withNorton Farms. He was an active member of Heuck’s Retreat BaptistChurch. He visited all local nursing homes on Sundays. He alsovisited several homebound women to deliver food and spend time withthem. To all who knew him, knew he loved this time of year, beingwith family and friends, planting his garden and making homemadesyrup. He was a very special man that always put others first. Hewill be sorely missed by all. Mr. Norton had received many awardsand honors during his lifetime. He was awarded Farm Family of theYear and Lifetime Achievement Award for Lincoln County given by theCattleman’s Association. He was a Mason and enjoyed cooking fishwith his catfish cooking team for H&P.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Hilda Rae CoonNorton; his brothers, Carl, Robert, Ralph, Paul and Jerry Norton;and his sister, Juanita Norton Sandifer.

Survivors are his son, Dale Norton and his wife, Debbie, ofBrookhaven; his daughters, Gail Norton Blackwell and her husband,Ward, of Brookhaven, and Linda Norton Booth and her husband, Paul,of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; his brother, Noel Norton and his wife,Deloris, of Monticello; his grandchildren, Danielle Wilson ofTuscaloosa, Ala.; Jessica Norton Jordan and her husband, Landon;Sawyer Smith and Will Norton, all of Brookhaven; hisstep-grandsons, Cain Blackwell of St. Petersburg, Fla. and JasonWilson of Brookhaven; one great-granddaughter, Alli Rae Jordan; andmany nephews and nieces.