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George Norton

George Franklin Norton

Friday, January 19th, 1923 - Friday, December 14th, 2018
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Centerville, GA – Reverend George Franklin Norton, 95, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, December 14, 2018 at his home. Memorial services celebrating his life are pending but will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts to Baptist Mid-Missions, P.O. Box 308011, Cleveland, OH 44130-8011 for Reverend and Mrs. Jody Colson Ministry serving in Micronesia Island of Chuuk.
George was born on January 19, 1923 in Yonkers, NY to the late Sylvester Harrison and Hester Louise (Towns) Norton. He served the Lord from 1950 – 1997 as a missionary in Brazil with Baptist Mid-Missions of Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his first wife, Elisabeth (Tubbs) Norton; daughter: Nancy Brower; son-in-law: Mick Brower; granddaughters: Sonya Brower and Jennifer and Mark Palmer; siblings: Harrison George Norton, Viola Louise Vroman, Dorothy Bradford Bryant, Carolyn Mae Sausser and Vera Elizabeth Thayer.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 16 years, Doris (King) Norton of Centerville, GA; son: Reverend Bob Norton (Janice) of Fort Myers, FL; daughter: Betsy Brower of Pfafftown, NC; son: Tom Norton (Sandy) of Pfafftown, NC; son: Don Norton (Chrissie) of Winston Salem, NC; Son: Bill Griffin, Jr. (Paulette) of Green Valley, AZ; daughter: Linda Podraza (John) of Elgin, IL; daughter: Laura Griffin of Warner Robins, GA; son-in-law: Reverend Dan Brower of Brazil; 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
With honor, Burpee- Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Jody and Terry Colson

Posted at 01:37am
Dear Doris and family,

I wrote this poem years ago, but when George went to heaven, I thought of it again. It is true of him, more than anyone I have ever known.

Gone Ahead

He is not gone, just gone ahead, to walk on streets where angels tread.
He is not gone, just out of sight, around the bend, beyond the night.

On golden shores, by crystal sea, there he rests and waits for me.
His smiling face now turned to hear some angel choir standing near.

He is not gone, just gone ahead, and someday soon I'll too be led,
To walk that valley dark and deep, to climb that holy mountain steep,

Crowned by that city shining bright, where sits the Lamb--Eternal Light!
Who would not wish to run ahead and not to linger here instead?

I'm racing too, but his prize is won. Mine work's unfinished, his all done.
Why should my heart feel such pain? My life is Christ, his is gain.

And so my friend, swifter than I, views sights unknown to mortal eye
While I struggle here below, by faith to see what he does know.

He is not gone, just gone before. The other side of the golden door.
With Jesus met, that first embrace. Once heart-to-heart, now face-to-face.

Terry Colson

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