Sam John Norman

Sam John Norman, 80, of Morganton, died Sunday, May 1, 2016. Born in Burke County April 15, 1936, he was the son of the late Samuel Norman and Etta Smith Norman. 

Sam was a lifetime member of Salem United Methodist Church and was a veteran of the North Carolina National Guard.

He was an avid Tar Heel fan, photographer, nature lover, furniture builder, clockmaker and gardener.  

He worked at Knob Creek from its inception, then Ethan Allen and then retired from G&G of Morganton. 

He was a great friend who never met a stranger and was always on an adventure. 

He was an amazing father, husband, paw-paw, brother and uncle.

Mr. Norman is survived by his daughters, Wanda Norman Anderson, and her husband, Pastor Ken, of Spruce Pine, and Kim Norman Woolard and her husband, Dennis III, of Raleigh; grandchildren, Lisa Anderson, Deborah Anderson, Thomas Anderson, and Samantha Woolard; a sister, Ruby Turner, of Morganton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by six siblings, Fred Norman, Lucy Caraway, Jim Norman, Bill Norman, Ethel Whitener and Marjorie Hopper.

The family received friends Friday, May 6, 2016, in the fellowship hall of Salem United Methodist Church. The memorial funeral service followed at 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary with the Rev. Dr. John Fowler officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209; Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, 717 S. Marshall St. Suite 105B Winston-Salem; NC 27101; or Salem United Methodist Church, 1206 Salem Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center assisted the family with the arrangements. 

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