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Doris Norton

May 16, 1941 ~ May 17, 2020 (age 79)


Doris Ann Norton
May 16,1941-May 17, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce Doris Ann Stallings Norton has passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer.

Doris leaves behind her son Joseph Norton and wife Sharon; ex-husband and friend Franklin Edward Norton, Jr.; sister Mary Christine and husband Bill Kellum; brother Joseph Ray Stallings; brothers-n-law John F. Lindgren, Raymond M. Lindgren and William C. Lindgren ; sisters-in-law Hazel (Paul) Stallings and Deborah Lutz; and grandchildren Cynthia and husband Charlie Bryan, Adam Norton and fiance Tabitha Freeman.

She was also blessed with 3 great-grandchildren, Castiel Norton, Carlee Bryan, and Lincoln Norton who were the light of her life, and leaves behind many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends who will miss her dearly.

The youngest of 11 children, Doris was born and raised in Trenton, North Carolina. In 1959 she married Franklin Norton, and moved with him to his hometown, Newark, New Jersey. Their two sons were born and raised there. In the following years Doris became very involved in the community. Active in working with others and fighting for individual and community rights and causes, she helped start the organization that is now the Ironbound Community Corporation; an advocacy group providing resources, services and support to the community. Dissatisfied with the public schools, she was one of the founders of a community school from which both of her sons graduated. Her concern with education also lead to her continuing her own studies, and in 1976 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. Many of the people she met and worked with during those years continued to be close friends throughout her life and theirs.

After her sons were grown Doris established a life for herself. In 1990 she moved back to North Carolina, settling in Greensboro. There she lived close to her son Joseph and his family, and within commuting distance of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters. Her home was frequently the site of family gatherings. From that time until this year she attended multiple annual family reunions. She kept contact with her extended circle of family and friends in North Carolina, New Jersey, and other states. Throughout her life she continued to be a resource and source of support that many others turned to. She enjoyed traveling. But family, and the people she came to know and love, were always her truest treasures; far more important than possessions.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents Henry James and Liza Jane Stallings; son Franklin Edward Norton IV; brothers Robert Lee, William Earl, Paul Revere, Henry Melvin and Walter Edward (Bud) Stallings; and sisters Della Elizabeth Hill, Eva Mae (Cricket) Farmer and Carrie Hazel Stallings.

Also, as per her wishes, her remains will be cremated. There will be no viewing or funeral. As is so typical of Doris, she wanted no fuss and didn't want to further burden people. At a later date her ashes, along with some of Eddie's, will be scattered in the ocean and at the beach along the North Carolina shore where she and her family gathered and shared many good times over the years.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Triad Cremation & Funeral Service of Greensboro, NC.

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