Gene Norman, 81, of Hendersonville, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 with his family by his side.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County and a son of the late James Virgil and Maggie Cagle Norman. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Norman; and sisters, Betty Bennett and Helen Capps.
Gene served in the U.S Army during the Korean Conflict and was employed by the city of Hendersonville and retired from General Electric. He was an active member and Deacon of Main Street Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Hendersonville High School Hall of Fame. He was selected to play in the East-West All-Star Basketball game held at Elon College.
Gene loved his Lord and family. He also gave many years of service to youth athletics in the community. He loved to play golf with Hazie. Taking care of all of his children was his joy. They often heard “God bless you Sugar.”
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Hazel Gibson Norman; daughter, Linda Bagwell and her husband Marty; sons, Mike Norman and his wife Sharman, Steve Norman and his wife Kathy, and John Norman and his wife Tessa; grandchildren, Kyndal, Spenser, Brooke, Alyssa, Kristina, Austin, Davis, Joshua, and Emma; great-grandchildren, Ariah, Kajlynn, and Payton; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Main Street Baptist Church in Hendersonville with Revs. Carl Connelly and Victor Rampey officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville. Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post 77, Hedrick-Rhodes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5206, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14 will render military honors. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Hendersonville.
ìThose sowing seed with tears will reap with a joyful shout.î (Psalm 126:5) May God provide you and your family with peace, comfort, (and eventually joy) during this difficult time.
Our condolences to the Norman family. A good man that raised a wonderful family and he will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless you all.
Know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. I will always fondly remember Mr. Norman and his kindness and sweet nature.
So sorry to hear about Gene. Just saw the obituary and was shocked. Hazel, I have always thought a lot about you and Gene and the family. Will be praying for you all. We love you.
Dear Hazel & family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Gene. He was one of the best men,I have ever known & I know you all will miss this dear man.I send you all my prayers & love.I remember Gene & you,when you took the time to come to Brian’s visitation at Forest Lawn,last Aug.Thanks for your support,this has been the most difficult heartbreaking time of my life.Much love to your family.Beverly
My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. I just heard. Linda, if you need anything please let me know. I loved your dad wow what a great man! Love to you all
Gene, something prompted me to look at the Times News site for the first time in a year today. So sad to hear of your passing. You graduated with my Dad in 1953, and he always bore the greatest respect for you. I know he was there to greet you. Rest well brother, journey well.
Prayers for the family.
Dear Family – We are praying for your strength to get through this hard time. Gene was one our favorite friends at GE and this “town”. Hope you can find peace knowing what a fine man he was, and where he will spend eternity.
Mike, so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a wonderful person who touched many lives in a positive way. He will be missed. May God bless you and your family always…hope to see you soon my friend…