MACON — George D. Norton, 75, of Anabel, MO, passed away Thursday July 3, 2014, at his home in Anabel.
George was born on September 13, 1938, in Kirksville, MO, the son of John and Ada Margaret (Holman) Norton. He was united in marriage to Marlene Maddy on August 23, 1958, and they had three sons. He later married Ruth Cordle on September 13, 1998, in Macon. Growing up, George attended a one room schoolhouse in Anabel, and then graduated as Valedictorian of Macon High School in 1956. George played trombone for Marching Mizzou, served on the Macon School Board for many years, coached all of his sons and many other boys in little league baseball for more than a decade, was a referee for high school, college, and A.A.U. basketball, including refereeing the A.A.U. National Championship Game. He sang with numerous barber shop choruses including performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Later in life George took up the game of golf, and along with his wife Ruth, was active in the Grenelefe Golf Association near Haines City, FL. In recent years he was the Club Champion of the Senior Division. George was a lifelong farmer in Macon County and was runner-up for Outstanding Young Farmer in Missouri. He and his sons’ farming operation was featured in Missouri Life Magazine in 1978.
He is survived by three sons; Glenn Norton and wife Colleen Dolan of Ellisville, MO, John Norton of Columbia, MO, Bob Norton and wife Jana Schelle Norton of St. Louis, MO; two step-children, Brad Cordle and Angie Cordle; six grandchildren, Julia Norton Dotson, John Robert Norton, Jessica Norton, Shane Norton, Zac Norton, Zane Norton; six great-grandchildren, sister, Mary Lee Harding, nephew, Rick Moore, niece Susan Caton and many first cousins.
George was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Marlene.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 am on Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Bethlehem Methodist Church with Pastor Larry DeSpain officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday evening on July 6, 2014, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Hutton and McElwain Funeral Home in Macon. Memorials are suggested to the Bethlehem Methodist Church.
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