Robert Norman

Posted 7/14/21

CHRISMAN — The remarkable, stubborn and ornery Robert “Bob” C. Norman played his last inning in life on July 10, 2021, four days after celebrating his 89th birthday.

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Robert Norman


CHRISMAN — The remarkable, stubborn and ornery Robert “Bob” C. Norman played his last inning in life on July 10, 2021, four days after celebrating his 89th birthday.

A funeral service is noon Friday, July 16, at the Chrisman Christian Church in Chrisman. Burial follows in Crown Hill Cemetery at Ridge Farm where military honors were provided by the Georgetown American Legion. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until the service time Friday at the church. Templeton Funeral Home in Paris is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Norman was born during the Depression July 6, 1932, in DeKalb County, the son of the late Carlos Norman and LaVerne McNeese Norman. Eventually, they moved to a farm in Indianola. Life was tough on the farm for Mr. Norman, his older sister the late Barbara Powell-Whitlock, younger brothers William (Sharilyn) Norman of Sidell, the late Benny Norman and Richard (Susie) Norman of Covington, Ind.

Many years later he married the love of his life, Nancy Tate Norman on June 2, 1963, and she survives. They were blessed with three children, Melynda (Chuck) Wooten of Paris, Michale (Jean) Norman of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mychele (Rick) Wofford of Memphis. The apples of his eye were his 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, Annie (Nathan) Barrett and their daughter Meredith; Abbie (Reese) Higginbotham and their son Nash; Allyson (Blake) Marrs and their sons Will and Mason, Austin, Adam, Abram, Ariel Norman and Bross Phelps-Norman; Katy (Aaron) Masters and Kendyl (Jacob) Wear and their sons James and Benjamin.

After family, his second passion in life was sports. He beat the hardwood for more than 30 years. His basketball career started in grade school and led him to playing for traveling AAU teams. A gentleman years later remarked Mr. Norman was the, “fastest squirt on the floor.” He continued playing basketball as an adult and played against the Harlem Globetrotter’s farm team twice. Mr. Norman let them win by one point. He also played for the Danville Hillpackers and Dossey’s Conoco for many years.

The Army found him in 1952. He won a trip to Korea by way of California and Hawaii. He played basketball the entire time until he was sent into combat for 17 months and to the front line for 22 days. Those days changed him, and he never talked about them until he was well over 60. In 1954, his duffle bag was stolen on the way home, so the family never knew what accolades he earned. According to his discharge papers, he received the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal/1 Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the National Defense Service Medal. Many years later, in 2015, he was lucky enough to fly on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. There he found his picture etched into the Korean War Memorial.

Mr. Norman also excelled in fast pitch softball. His children remember sitting in the back seat of the Lincoln, running 100 mph, trying to make it to softball games on time. As a pitcher, his teams won many tournaments and leagues in Danville and Paris. His teams played the four-man team, The King and His Court, two times. He said later Eddie Feigner was the best player he had ever seen. He also bowled every Monday night for 31 years. He loved a mean card game, and he can still be heard at the euchre table asking, “Did you come here to pass or play?”

He did have a job, it was farming. He loved building fences, repairing machinery, a pair of fresh washed gloves and a Mountain Dew. Agriculture to him was a way of life and when that livelihood was threatened in July 1969, he joined other farmers in the United Grain Farmers of America Tractor Drive to Washington, D.C. He also appeared in various farm magazines for his many agricultural accomplishments. On the farm they also raised Spotted Poland China pigs, and over the years he won many state and national awards in the swine industry and was inducted into the National Spotted Record Hall of Fame. He was still not busy enough, so before retiring he was instrumental in getting the black and red angus cattle herd started on the farm and his love of agriculture led him to serve on the Georgetown Fair board for several years. 

Mr. Norman was a member of the Chrisman Christian Church where he served on the church board and was a deacon. God has put this soldier, athlete, and farmer to rest. Your work on Earth is completed, “well done, good and faithful servant.”

 Memorial donations may be made to Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm or Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.

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