William Adolphus Norton, aged 94, died peacefully of natural causes on April 11, at the Palmetto Richland Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina after a brief illness. A longtime resident of Aiken, South Carolina, he and his wife also lived in North Augusta for several years. He resided at the C.M. Tucker, Jr. Nursing Care Center - Stone Veterans Pavilion, Columbia, SC, preceding his death.
Born in Marvell, Arkansas on January 11, 1924, he was a son of the late Dr. Earl F. Norton and his wife, Mary Gaines Norton. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Pharmacist's Mate First Class during World War II. After his Honorable Discharge in January 1946, he attended Hendrix College in Arkansas and the Arkansas State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He had a 30 year career as a chemist at E.I. DuPont Company, Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC, retiring at age 58. Upon his retirement, he enjoyed community service and travel throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico with friends and family. Bill was a long time and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Aiken, the American Legion, and of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Bill was predeceased by his brothers: Earl F. Norton, Jr, Gaines B. Norton, Marion F. Norton, Richard D. Norton, and James E. Norton. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Jean Bomar Norton of North Augusta. Also surviving are daughters Laura Jean Norton of North Augusta and Margaret Gail Norton Zeigler of Chapin, South Carolina. He is also survived by grandchildren William Stephen Norton, Benjamin Joseph Zeigler and Rebecca Jean Zeigler, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to a place of hope, healing and education for children, the Tamassee DAR School, PO Box 8, Tamassee, SC 29686.
A private burial will be in the Eventide Cemetery in Marvell, Arkansas at a later date. Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley, SC is assisting the family.