Last Sunday morning the sad news came that R. W. Norton had died in the night. For several days he had been feeling ill, and though on the streets Saturday, he was not in a condition fit to attend to business. In the afternoon, near Glazener's store, he suddenly pitched forward and fell unconscious. He was taken home, but never regained consciousness, dying about 1:00am from hemorrhage of the brain. Several years ago, while at work, Mr. Norton received a blow on the head, and it is believed that the fainting attacks to which he was subject were the effects of this accident.
Mr. Norton was born in 1866 in Jackson county. He was the son of Fuller Norton, who came to this county with his family when R. W. Norton was a child. Here the son grew up, made his choice of a work in life, married, and settled in a home of his own. He was married June 19, 1901, to Miss Juanita Gash, of Henderson county. He is survived by his mother, who lives west of Brevard, three brothers, A. C. Norton of Shelbyville, Ohio; David Norton of Virginia, and Felix Norton of Brevard, and two sisters, Mrs. Belle Gardner of Kentucky, and Miss Daisy Norton of this place.
Mr. Norton was a carpenter and constructor. He was a workman of such skill that when anyone wished a well finished piece of wood work he naturally turned to Rad Norton to do it. He faithfulness in the details of his business made it to be said of him that he was a conscientious workman, just as the scrupulousness of his living caused the verdict that he was a conscientious Christian. He was a consistent member of the Methodist church.
Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. C. S. Kirkpatrick. The remains were then taken for interment to Oak Grove cemetery, and the burial services were performed by the Masons, of which Mr. Norton was a member.