Charles Edgar Norton, 99

Charles Edgar Norton, 99, passed away Nov. 21, 2020, at Morningside of Gastonia, North Carolina.

He was born March 14, 1921, and was a native of Winchester, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years, Marion Collings Norton.

He was the son of the late Paris Edgar and Margaret Neff Norton.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Carl Norton and his wife, Martha Norton; sister-in law, Laverne Danie; and grandson, Joshua Young Norton.

Edgar was a retired United States Post Office employee, part-time farmer, basketball coach, high school referee and avid golfer.

He was an active member for many years at First Christian Church and later Calvary Christian Church. He was a good and faithful servant to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He enjoyed studying and teaching the Bible, while sharing his faith with friends, family and countless others. He spent much of his time in prayer.

Edgar had a Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball scholarship from 1939-41.

During World War II, he was a member of the Army Air Corp and served in the European Theatre. After the war, he completed his college degree.

In 2005, Edgar was inducted in the Winchester Little League’s Wall of Fame. In the mid-1950s, he and a few others met at Oliver High School with the late Joe Gilliam and together they were instrumental in applying for National Little League status and integrating baseball.

Edgar is survived by his son, Philip (Jennie) Norton, Louisville; daughter Nancy (Robert) Hazelrigg, Beaufort, South Carolina; and Amy (Joseph) Holman, Gastonia, North Carolina.

In addition to his children, he has six grandchildren: Emily (Joe) Hazelrigg Speed, Jamie (Andy) Norton English, Charles (Courtney) Hazelrigg, Erin (Eric) Holman Pieper, Julie (Matthew) Holman McCarter and Joseph (Natalie) Holman. He also has nine great-grandchildren, as well as his niece, Susan Fiedler Ruby and nephews George P. Norton, Tom E. Norton and Carl C. Norton.

There will be a private graveside service arranged by Scobee Funeral Home, Winchester.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Salvation Army or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.