Thurman Norton

Services for Thurman Norton, 90, of Sulphur, were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 10, at Crossway First Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Bill Leveridge and John Clark. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home. Thurman was born on September 4, 1927, at home in the Buckhorn Community, south of Sulphur, to Minnie Ola (Webb) and Hulon Robert Norton. He went to Heaven on August 6, 2018, at the age of 90 years, 11 months, and 2 days. He was the youngest of seven children. He attended elementary school at Buckhorn before entering Sulphur High School in 9th grade. Before his senior year in high school he enlisted in the Navy and served on various ships for his two-year career including the USS Gandy Destroyer. After his discharge he returned to Sulphur and was awarded his high school diploma from SHS. On April 1, 1948 Thurman and his high school sweetheart, Ruby Noveline Uhles, were married. They resided in Sulphur all of their married life. Noveline preceded him in death on their 65th wedding anniversary, April 1, 2013. Thurman attended East Central State college and worked several jobs in Sulphur before going to work for OG&E power plant construction crew in 1952. He continued to work there for over 30 years, retiring as head clerk and personnel manager. Thurman and Noveline had two children, Connie Janelle (Jan) and Clinton T. (Clint). He and Noveline had a wide circle of good friends with whom they enjoyed taking trips, camping, playing cards, eating out, and hosting each other in their homes. Thurman was a member of Crossway First Baptist Church where he especially enjoyed attending the men’s Sunday School Class. Prior to joining Crossway in 1973, he and Noveline were long time members of Calvary Baptist Church, where he was ordained as a deacon, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and served as a youth sponsor. After retirement, Thurman could usually be found every weekday morning having coffee and solving the world’s problems at the Break Room in Vision Bank where he not only enjoyed the companionship of his coffee buddies but the staff of the bank as well. He was an avid reader, especially of western novels and American history. He was a HUGE Texas Rangers baseball fan. He never missed watching a game on TV and knew all the players by name. He also enjoyed gardening, fixing things in his “shop,” working Sudoku puzzles and playing Solitaire. But his greatest passion was spending time with his family and friends. He was always there for anyone who needed anything and he was always concerned about each of his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids and what was going on in their lives. He was a wonderful Dad, Dadaw/Dedaw, friend and Christian man. He will be terribly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three brothers, Louis, Charlie, and J.R. Norton; three sisters, Lucy Edna Eason, Minnie Ola Gilbert, and an infant sister Lucy Emma Norton. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Mike Milton, of Empire, a son and daughter-in-law, Clint and LeeAnn Norton, of Sulphur; grandchildren, Melissa and husband, Nathan, Braly Nicole and husband, Adam Reynolds, Erin and husband, Cory Perschbacher, Megan Smith, Christopher Moore, Carly and husband, Just Baldridge- Cody and wife, Rocio McDaniel, Cade McDaniel; great grandchildren, Landon Smith, Alex Perschbacher, Jack PerschbacherJillian Reynolds, Evan Reynolds and baby girl, Braly, due in November; sister-in-law, Peggy Norton, and many nieces, nephews cousins and friends. Pallbearers were Christopher Moore, Cade McDaniel, Nathan Braly, Adam Reynolds, Cory Perschbacher, Tim Brinson, Just Baldridge and Cody McDaniel. The U.S. Naval Honors Team presided over military honors. Online condolences may be sent to

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