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Obituary for Lester Malone Norton

Muscadine - Lester Malone Norton, 82, died Friday, January 29, 2021 at Tanner Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Garner, Rev. Randall Moore, and Bro. Drew Norton officiating. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include:
Wife - Lilla Norton
Daughter - Patricia Brooks(Steve Busby)
Daughter - Christy(Chip) Rollins
Son - Rickey Norton
Son - Paul(Shelia) Norton
Son - Sammy Norton
Grandchildren - 5
Great Grandchildren - 5
Great Great Grand Child - 1
Brother - Roger Norton
Brother - Johnny Norton
Sister - Ann Munroe
Sister - Betty Scott
Sister - Joan Norton
Pallbearers will be: Jeff Munroe, Rocky Pollard, Anthony Sims, Hunter Norton, Jerry Norton, Scott Norton, Dylan Williams, and Ethan Williams.
The life of Lester Norton
Lester Norton was born and raised in Cleburne County, AL., the oldest of 10 children. Most of his family, friends, and community knew him as "Punk". He met his wife, Lilla Mae, while a teenager, and they were married on February 9, 1957. Shortly after marrying, they started their family which consists of 5 children, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. He spent much of his adult life in Cleburne County except for a few years in which he spent in the Atlanta, GA area. While living in the Atlanta area, he worked as a milk and bread delivery man. While there, he always wanted to come back home to Cleburne County, AL. Once back home, he worked as an operator and machinist at Sewell Manufacturing Company in Bremen, GA., as well as a millwright mechanic at Southwire in Carrollton, GA. Lester's second job was a farmer, cattlemen, and poultry farmer; although, he did not look at farming as a second job. This was more like a hobby to him. Lester had a garden each year; however, he considered a garden a 3-5 acre area in a field. He continued farming his entire life with the assistance of 2 sons, grandson, a brother, and a nephew. He believed in an honest days work, a man's word and a hand shake was like a written contract, and that if you made a promise to someone you kept it no matter what. Lester instilled those values into his family and his community. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church in Muscadine, AL where he attended church services regularly. He loved his church family and community much like he did his own family. Lester was a pillar of the community in which he lived and will be missed by all that knew him.
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