Tommie Ruth Norton stepped into the arms of Jesus Christ on June 15, 2019.
Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 19th, at Little Bethel Memorial Park, 1803 Cedar Hill Rd., Duncanville, TX with Rev. Mike Fortenberry officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
She was born in Desdemona, TX on Aug. 2, 1928, the 5th of 10 children born to Thomas Lafayette & Ruth Whitefield Browning. She was her daddy’s favorite and if you didn’t know it, she would be sure and tell you!
Raised in the thick of the Great Depression in the West Texas oil boom town of Ranger, she grew into a woman of strength and grit, traits that remained with her for the duration of her life. She instilled these same traits in her children and grandchildren as well.
She graduated from Ranger High School and Ranger Junior College, where she was once crowned Rodeo Queen.
Tommie married Lonnie Jack Norton on Nov. 21, 1951. They had three sons, Michael Joe, Russell Wayne, and James Phillip. As we speak, they are all reunited and rejoicing in Heaven.
Lonnie and Tommie made their family home in Cedar Hill, TX. She worked for First Bank and Trust of Cedar Hill for several decades and later retired from Alvarado National Bank. She started her career in the banking industry as a teller and retired as vice president and cashier.
In 1993, she moved to Paris, TX so she could spend her retirement with her family – Russell, Jennifer, Joni, and Lonnie. Joni and Lonnie were so blessed to have a Memaw who loved them with her whole heart and was their biggest fan and a proud Aggie Grandma!
She went on to work at the Montgomery Shop-A-Lot, later Food Fast, for 20+ years. She also volunteered at Paris Regional Medical Center and was an avid bowler. She spent a number of years running a candy stand with her sister, Fern, at Canton First Monday Trade Days. Needless to say, she always kept herself busy and was always up for an adventure.
Above all, Tommie had a heart of gold. She loved her family with a fierceness not many have seen. She was a loyal and caring friend to many, and she would tell anyone exactly what she thought.
Tommie was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Jack, and sons, Michael Joe, Russell Wayne, and James Phillip Norton; parents, Thomas and Ruth Browning; Siblings, Harold Browning, Hoyett Browning, Ima Jean Trosclair, Jack Browning, Edith Cazee, and Douglas Browning.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Lonnie Norton and girlfriend, Meagan Garrett and Joni Dyas & husband Justin; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Norton; great-grandchildren, Dovie and Reed Dyas; siblings, Fern Veazey, Sharon Davis and Landon Browning along with numerous nieces & nephews and a host of friends.
Honorary casket bearers will be: David Browning, Greg Browning, Clifton Felts, Jeff Irwin, Lonnie Norton and Justin Dyas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Lamar County Meals On Wheels or The Salvation Army.
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