was born In Wetumpka, Ala. on Oct. 10, 1917 to the union of the late George Austin, Sr. and Lovie B. Austin (Floyd). Along with his parents and two younger brothers, Norman moved to Covington, Ky. He graduated from William Grant High School and attended Pepperdine University in California on an academic scholarship. In Covington, he met and married Ina Belle Simon. To this union one daughter, Lovie Delores was born. Ina died in 1938, leaving Norman to raise a 2-year old daughter. Norman moved to Canton, Ohio in 1943 where he lived for 70 years. Serving in the United States Army from March 1943 to February 1946, Norman was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He saw action in the European and Pacific Operations and duty on the 38th Parallel in Korea. Norman shared his stories about World War II with everyone and was thrilled to participate in 'Honor Flight ' which transports veterans to Washington DC to visit and reflect at the World War II memorial. He joined St. Paul AME Church in 1946 and married Betty Jane Daniels on Jan. 19, 1948. Lovie came to live with them in 1950. They were blissfully married for 59 years prior to her death in 2007. Very active in community and civic affairs, Norman was a member of the Urban League, N.A.A.C.P. for 25 years, former Treasurer of American Legion Post 204, and President of the Penguin Club for eight years. He served on the committee that made it possible for the hiring of Mrs. Dorothy White-Miller, the first black teacher in Canton City Schools, the committee to promote Ohio laws for public accommodation in hotels and restaurants, and the open and fair housing committee. At the time of his death, Norman was an active member of the Ohio Public Schools Association (O.A.P.S.E.) and formerly served as the organization's Vice President and Treasurer. He retired from Canton City Schools in 1985 after 28 years of service.
Norman departed this life on July 11, 2013 after living 95 wonderful and blessed years. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ina Belle Simon Austin; wife, Betty Jane Daniels Austin; brothers, George 'Jake' Austin Jr., James 'Hooks' Austin; and grandson, Wallace Michael Hailey, Jr. He leaves to cherish his memory loving daughter and devoted son-in-law, Lovie and Wallace Hailey of Canton, Ohio; grandson, Vincent Leo Hailey (Pamela); and two great-grandchildren, Jordan Thomas Hailey and Bria Jenai Hailey, all of Hanover Park, Ill.; a godson, Willie Cotton, Dayton, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends.
Services will be held Friday, July 19, 2013 at 12 Noon at St. Paul AME Church, 1800 East Tuscarawas Street, Canton, OH 44707. Visitation from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Rev. P. Robert Tate, Presiding Elder/Pastor- Officiating; Rev. Robert DyeEulogist. Interment in North Lawn Cemetery.
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Published in The Repository from July 13 to July 17, 2013