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.