Marshall Norman, Jr., known to many as "Buddy", was born on April 8, 1928, in Bibb County to the late Mr. and Mrs. Marshall (Ella Mae) Norman, Sr.
He was employed at Lithonia Lighting for many years until his retirement. At an early age, he joined Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church and was very active as a Deacon until his health failed him. He was a member of the gospel group "The Heavenly Gates" for several years.
Marshall was married to the late Estelle Belcher and to this union three children were born. He later married the late Adell Goodman.
Our Lord called his faithful servant home on Thursday, October 20, 2016. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Anna Ruth Usher; brothers, Eugene Norman, Rozell Norman, Ulysses Norman and Robert Norman; sister, Betty Smith and granddaughter, Monica Usher.
He leaves to cherish his memory sons, Larry (Cynthia) Norman of Oxford; Rev. Carl (Cindy) Norman of Stockbridg; daughter, Marcie Smith of Covington;, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Hazel Brown, Sara Norman and Mary Pressley; brothers, Willie Norman, Bobby Norman, Walter Norman and David Norman; four sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Interment was at Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 with Rev. Carl Jones serving as pastor and Rev. Carl Norman as eulogist.
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