APPLING, Ga. - Rev. William Pierce Norman, 66, husband of Hazel Rainwater Norman, entered into rest Friday, December 29, 2006, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 1, 2007, at the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Evans, with the Revs. Wayne Monroe, Bob Gillespie, and Chip Wilson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Rev. Norman was born in Henry County. He began his ministry in Henry County in 1966. A local Sub-district was named there in honor of Pierce in 1967. That same year, he began to serve the Union County Circuit in Blairsville, Ga. Pierce was a student at Young Harris College. In 1969, he was appointed to Coweta County Circuit in Newnan, Ga. Pierce was a student at LaGrange College, graduating eighth in his class with honors. In 1972, he was appointed to Douglas Street UMC in Cartersville, Ga., and while serving this pastorate, Pierce finished Emory's Candler School of Theology. He received his Master of Theology with honors. In 1977, he was appointed to Gordon's Chapel UMC and served there four years. In 1981, Pierce became the first full-time evangelist to be paid by the Annual Conference. During the eight years of that appointment, he led hundreds of Revivals and Camp meetings around the North Georgia Conference. Pierce was a preacher who combined keen intellect, deep religious insight and an unusual ability to communicate. In 1989, he was appointed as Pastor of Lewis Memorial UMC in Evans. He served that church until 2002, when he retired from pastoral ministry. In June 2005, he was called out of retirement and back into the ministry at Riverview UMC. He served there until his death.
Survivors include his wife Hazel Rainwater Norman, of Appling; his children, Brigham T. Norman (Delaine), Statham, Ga., Belinda Norman Epps (Gary), Colbert, Ga., Wm. Titus Norman, Watkinsville, Ga., David L. Rainwater, Jr. (Angie), North Augusta, Craig A. Rainwater (Lori), Thomson., Nicole R. Johnson (Chris), Appling; his brothers Dewey Norman, Pecos, Texas, and Robert Norman, of Lilburn, Ga.; Grandchildren Kayla R. Norman, Russell S. Norman, Nicki Epps, Hayley B. Epps, Lindsay Fore, Lauren Rainwater, Bryce Phillips, Gavin Rainwater, Keylie Raine Johnson, Chase Johnson and Laney Johnson; and one great-grandchild Jordan "Bean" Smith.
Pallbearers were Stanley Percival, Bryant Percival, Alvin Percival, Harry Kattegat, Carl Staulcup, and Rob Curee. Honorary Pallbearers were Retired Ministers and Spouses. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road, Evans, GA 30809, or to Riverview United Methodist Church, PO Box 997, Evans, GA 30809.
Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.