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Charles B. Norton died at his home on Lake Santa Fe, Melrose, FL on December 2, 2012 at the age of 100. He was born in Jacksonville, Fl. on October 9,1912, and lived there until his retirement in 1972 when he moved to Melrose.

After graduating from Andrew Jackson High School in 1930 and the University of Florida in 1934 with a Bachelor Science of Chemical Engineering degree, Mr. Norton entered the banking business, He eventually became executive officer and Director of the Florida National Group of Banks. Along with Edward Ball, Trustee of the Alfred I. DuPont Estate, he was Co-Coordinator of the banking group. Mr. Norton also served as a President and Director of a number of the banks.

He was also active in civic organizations in Jacksonville serving on the Board of Directors of the United Fund, Boy Scouts, Family Consultation Service and Cathedral Foundation. While Mr. Norton worked with the Gateway Girl Scouts Council, he was chairman of the camp search committee and secured a beautiful camp-site for the Scouts in Orange Springs. He was also a member of the Civitan Club and Timuquana Country Club.

Mr. Norton was very active in affairs of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Florida. He served as a member of the Diocesan Executive Council for a number of years, and was Chair of the search committee which found and purchased the diocesan camp and conference center, in Live Oak, Florida. He also served as a Vestry member of St. Mark's Church, Jacksonville, and long time Treasurer of Trinity Church, Melrose. He was an active Chalice Bearer and Lay Reader and led a popular Bible Study Group through his 99th year. In 2009 he was presented the Bishop's Cross award for exemplary service to the Church by Bishop John Howard, Bishop of Florida.

The Melrose Library was also one of Mr. Norton's concerns and he was very involved with the Library Association.

Mr. Norton was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Shirley E. Norton. His survivors include his daughter, Shirley Louise Eady, of Oxford, GA.; sons, Dr. C Bryan Norton, of Bemus Point, N.Y.; and David E. Norton, of Dahlonega, GA; and nine grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Melrose, FL on Sunday, December 9th at 3:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Norton Outreach Fund of Trinity Episcopal Church, Melrose, Fl. or the Melrose Library. Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2012
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