Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University Memorial Sites | Shutterstock / Sean Pavone

Norman Nettleton Obituary

Reverend Norman DuBois Nettleton Jr. The Reverend Norman DuBois Nettleton Jr. was born on June 22, 1914, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Norman D. and Catharine Rentschler Nettleton. Reverend Nettleton's wife, Corinne Carr Nettleton, died on August 7, 2010. His son, Philip C. Nettleton of Millwood, New York, lost his life in a one-car traffic accident in December 1991. He is survived by a daughter, Lois Johnson of Jacksonville, North Carolina; nine grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; three great- great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Switzer of Ames, Iowa, and Ruth Fry of South Plainfield, New Jersey. Reverend Nettleton was the eldest of a family of eight in Philadelphia, who moved in 1922, to southern New Jersey. By the time he was 14 and had finished one year of high school, his mother had become a one-parent head of household and Norman began his employment career. His high school education was continued when he moved back to Philadelphia, some years later. He began his college education with hopes of entering the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in 1944. Nine weeks into his first semester at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was involved in a two-vehicle traffic accident in which he sustained a fractured skull, which left him with permanent disabilities. He continued his college career a year later and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949, and a Masters in 1953. He also completed theological studies in 1953, with a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University. He served pastorates in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, before retiring in Charlottesville, in 1991. He married Corinne Carr, whom he had known as a student at the University of Tulsa and who had come to Charlottesville, as a clinical social worker at the University of Virginia Medical Center in 1968. Because of his own limitations, Reverend Nettleton became in later years an advocate of persons with various kinds of disabilities-mobility, hearing, sight, and was affiliated with the program of Presbyterians With Disabilities Concerns (PDC). In his retirement, Reverend Nettleton and Corinne embraced interests and activities of other retired church workers and became part of Retired Church Workers of the local area as well as at the national church organization known as the Presbyterian Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses or Survivors. The Nettleton's attended annual meetings of the latter group in numerous locations in the USA over a 10 year period. A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday May 16, 2013, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Jim Baker officiating. Interment will be private. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-0365 or Presbyterians for Disability Concerns (PHEWA), 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396. Friends may send condolences to the family at

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.
Read Full Obituary for Norman Nettleton
Published online on May 14, 2013 courtesy of Daily Progress.

Guest Book Highlights

If you need help finding the right words, view our Suggested Entries

Search Memorials


About This Site: Vanderbilt University Memorials

The Vanderbilt University Memorial Site includes obituaries and Guest Books from the network of newspaper and funeral home affiliates.