Ernest Joseph Norton, Sr.
2 November 1941 to 27 June 2021
Our father, grandfather, husband and brother Ernest "Ernie" Joseph Norton, Sr. is survived by his wife, Valinda Ann Norton, daughters Lisa Maria Caracoza (Daniel) and Valena Roxann Norton and Lyndsey Michelle Norton Johnson (Evan) and sons, Ernest Joseph Norton, Jr. and Robert Osler Julian Norton. He was a proud grandfather to Joshua Caracoza, Mariah Caracoza, Brianna Caracoza, Cameron Norton, Jackson Norton and E. J. Miller. He is survived by three of his four siblings all living in California, his twin Edward Norton, Marilyn Gould, youngest brother James Norton and nine nieces and nephews. He enjoyed friendships with many people from all aspects of his life that he held them dear and spoke about them often.
Ernie was looking forward to heaven and being reunited with his parents Ernest A. Norton and Marjorie H. Norton, brother Danny Norton, best friend Porky, and first wife Evangline.
Ernie was from Santa Monica, California but was a Southern boy at heart. He loved listening to gospel and blue grass music by Alan Jackson, Ralph Stanley and Doyle Lawson, and watching the Opry on Saturday nights and listening to Gunsmoke on the radio every Sunday night. He had a lifetime love of baseball and NASCAR. Ernie always had great stories of growing up in Southern California in a much simpler era.
Ernie was a dedicated and career military man that loved his country. After retirement from active duty, he continued into civil service for the United States government working various positions for the Department of Defense and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
Ernie was very grateful to all the friends and the nurses, doctors and support staff that he encountered in Colorado and North Carolina during the end of his life. Specifically, we would like to give a special consideration to Randolph Home Health, Hospice House of the Piedmont and Cone Health nurses Carole and Kacie, and Dr. Steen for the countless nighttime visits. A special thank you to Malcolm Miller for all the wheelchair rides up & down the stairs and the cowboy hat.
Ernie has left a place in everyone's heart that will never be filled, and we will hold him in our thoughts and prayers every day for the rest of our lives. He was always there to give us support in any way possible and he would literally give you the shirt off of his back.
His family would like to bring awareness to the cancer, Multiple Myeloma, and all other cancers and diseases that have been diagnosed in service men and women, especially those that fought for our country in the Vietnam War. If you were involved in the Vietnam War in any way and no matter how healthy you think you are, please have yourself checked by a medical professional against the long list of diseases caused by Agent Orange.
"Fair Winds and Following Seas" to our Naval Chief Ernest J. Norton.
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