Mary Lou Norton Manning of Ten Mile crossed the bridge from her earthly life and stepped into the arms of Jesus after her year-long battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family, at her home on Friday, July 20, 2012.
She was born on May 30, 1935, and was the youngest daughter of David Marshall Norton and Lola Reagan Norton. She was an active member of Salem Baptist Church in Ten Mile, and has spent her entire life helping other people. She was a very special friend to many of the children in her church family. She was coordinator of the food ministry when a death occurred in the church, and she and her husband, Don, were in charge of the holiday food basket ministry, which they loved doing. She was also a photographer and took various pictures at church functions. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, traveling and watching the grandchildren playing ball.
Waiting in Heaven to meet her are her parents, David Marshall Norton and Lola Reagan Norton; three sisters, Monnie Norton Dixon, Edith Norton Rutherford and Vera Norton Williams; and four brothers, Roy C. Norton, Gaylord F. Norton, David J. Norton and James Ralph Norton.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Donald Leon Manning; a daughter, Rebecca Darlene Manning Clark and husband Jerry, Knoxville; a son, David Leon Manning and wife Tracey, Ten Mile; four grandchildren, Donald Scott Clark and wife Jessica, Knoxville, Hope Maria Clark and fiancÃ© Harry Plumbley, Austin, Texas, Joshua Leon Manning and Amber Nicole Manning, Ten Mile; two sisters, Leona Norton Cate, Maryville, and Anna Norton Naill and husband Sam, Knoxville; a sister-in-law, Carol Norton, Hobbs, N.M.; a special niece, Joyce Rutherford Dockery and husband Lewis, Maryville; numerous other nieces and nephews.
Funeral was at 7 p.m. Monday, July 23, in Kyker Funeral Home chapel, Kingston, with the Rev. Ted Clower officiating. Burial was 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Stock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Knoxville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Salem Baptist Church, 1355 Dry Fork Valley Road, Ten Mile, TN 37880, in memory of Mary Lou Manning. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com