November 29, 2020

Reverend “Coach” Bob Norton

Norton Obit 2

Rev. Robert Wade Norton, Sr., age 85 of Conyers, Georgia passed away on October 26, 2014 at the Abbey Hospice in Social Circle Georgia.

Funeral services for Rev. Norton were held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. from the Franklin First Baptist Church in Franklin, Georgia with Dr. Reese Sanders, and Reverend Neil Awbrey officiating.

Loving remarks were presented by former Heard County High School football players and cheerleader, John Henry, Tim Massa, Matt Awbrey, and Cutine Barber. Music was performed by Bryan and Luanne Owensby.

Those serving as pallbearers were Ross Henry, John Henry, Matt Awbrey, Tim Massa, Arthez Woodruff, and Jake Awbrey. The interment followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, GA.

Rev. Norton was born in Newnan, Georgia on December 19, 1928, the son of the late Emma Newby Norton and Wade Norton.

After graduating from high school he served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. For his gallantry he was awarded the Oce Medal (Japan), Korean Svc Medal w/ 1 Bronze Star, and the United Nations Sve Medal 1 o/s Br.

One of his greatest achievements in life was graduating from the University of Georgia where he was a letterman on the football team and a member of the baseball team.

After marrying the love of his life, Joyce Sibley and having their two children he attended and graduated from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. It was during this time that he worked as a deputy sheriff for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department.

His pastoral jobs led him to minister at the Union Grove Baptist Church Lithia Springs, Georgia, First Baptist Church Pine Mountain, Georgia, First Baptist Church Franklin, Georgia, and his final post at Deacon Heights Baptist Church Madison, Georgia.

During his time of service in Franklin he also used his former athletic training and became a football coach, trainer, and team chaplain for the Heard County Braves sports teams. He always felt that this ministry was probably the most valuable of all his time in service to the Lord.

The love and concern he offered to these young athletes, and the wonderful Christian example he set changed many lives, and created bonds that have last throughout the years.

For forty years he was a parks and recreation referee in several different sporting events.  He was proud of all of the children that he mentored but his greatest accomplishment in life was being a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and great-grandfather to his wonderful family.

The contributions of this very dedicated man will long be remembered by all those his life richly blessed!

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Norton of Conyers, GA.; daughter, Sharon Zunt (Jim) of Dallas, GA.; son, Wade Norton also of Dallas, GA.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.



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