LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Iris Albea Norman, 78, beloved wife of William P. Norman of Lincolnton, entered into rest on Aug. 29, 2007, due to an untimely accident.
Funeral services were held Sat., Sept. 1, 2007. at 11 a.m. at Hephzibah Baptist Church with Revs. Allen Danner and Paul Reviere officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Norman was born in Lincoln County. She was a lifelong member of Hephzibah Baptist Church, serving faithfully in Children's sunday school, Vacation Bible School, historical committee and the choir. Also, she was a member of the Lincoln County Historical Society and the Jamestown Foundation, Williamsburg, Va. Mrs. Norman compiled a book of her grandfather's writings, entitled Hoosier's Moods and Tenses.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dillard Myers Albea and Gladys Hudson Albea, a sister, Lois Albea McGill and two infant brothers, Herman and Wayne Albea.
Survivors include her husband of 59 3/4 years, William P. Norman; daughters, Wanda Cawthon and husband, Alex, of Thomson, Gloria Brooks and husband, Nelson, of Lincolnton, Ellen Richard, and husband, Greg, of Franklin, Tenn.; son, William P. "Bill" Norman, Jr. of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Julie Finnegan, and husband, Rod, of Culbert, Kelly Field and husband, Jeremy, Athens, Melanie Mathews and husband, Johnny, Winterville, Amie Stinson, and husband, Dale, Springhill, Tenn., Jathan Richard and wife, Stacey, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Joshua Richard, James Richard of Franklin, Will and Dillard Norman of Thomson; Great-grandchildren, Chris Finnegan, Wilkes Field, John Mathews III, Sara Beth Mathews, Madison Mathews, Hunter Mathews, Barbara Ann Mathews, Cade Stinson, Blake Stinson, Grace Richard, Jesse Dee Richard, and a special sister, Catherine Hill, and many nieces and nephews.
She was the epitome of God's love and taught her family to love Jesus. She was known to have the spiritual gifts of hospitality and encouragement. She made the best vegetable soup and cornbread and always had room for one more at the table.
Pallbearers were Walter C. McGill, Joe McGill, A.C. McGill, Rod Finnegan, Jeremy Field, Johnny Mathews, Mark Hill, and Clarence Norman, Jr.
Members of the Hephzibah Baptist Choir served as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hephzibah Baptist Church 1750 Hephzibah Church Rd. Lincolnton, Ga 30817.
Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.