Ray Norton(1935 - 2013)

Ray Norton

Mars Hill - Ray Norton, 77, of River Bend Drive, Mars Hill, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 11, 2013. A lifelong resident of Madison County, he was born on September 24, 1935 to Roscoe and Lois Wilds Norton. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, R.J. Ray was a retired carpenter from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Ray is survived by his wife of 55 years, Charlotte Clouse Norton; sons, Darryl of Mars Hill and Dustin (Kim) of Marion; daughters, Terra of Marion and Trina of Rutherford College; brothers, Burlin (Shirley) of Mars Hill and Richard (Edith) of Weaverville; aunt, Faye (Buddy) Wallin of Marshall; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Family visitation will be held on Monday, January 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service. A funeral service will follow with the Rev. Stanley Peek and Rev. Woody Dillingham officiating. Burial will be in the Gibbs Family Cemetery on Tuesday, January 15th at 11:00am.

The family would like to thank the 9th floor staff of St. Joseph's Hospital and the staff of the John F. Keever Solace Center for their wonderful care during his brief illness. The family would also like to extend a special thanks to his family physician, Dr. Richard Burris, for his excellent care for the past several years.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Jan. 13, 2013