Jefferson Wright Norville went to be with our Lord on Monday October 19, 2020 in Glen Gardner, New Jersey where he was surrounded by his family. Jeff was born in Wilson, North Carolina on June 10, 1945. He grew up in and around Tarboro, North Carolina. His family were sharecroppers in and around Tarboro and he was one of seven children born to Reddin Norville and Minnie Bell Norville who farmed tobacco. Jeff was the kind of son who worked hard for his family. His father contracted tuberculosis and had to go to a sanatorium. Therefore, at age 12 he took over, worked the farm, and took care of his younger brother, younger sister and mother. Being the hard worker that he always was, Jeff did his best to take care of everyone. Jeff decided he did not want to "walk behind that mule" as he always said so he joined the Army. Jeff was a career Army man and served his country well in Vietnam and Korea. He was a good leader in his work life and family life. Jeff would never expect anyone to do anything he was not willing to do himself. He was a fair man, honest and straightforward at all times and these qualities were reflected in all aspects of his life. He was also a friend of Bill W.
His wife Mary Jane Norville and his children survive him, Chris Norville of Glenns, VA, Pat Norville of Newport News, VA, Sean Norville of Howardsville, VA, Bonnie Hawkins of Glen Gardner, NJ, Danny Hankins of Wichita Falls, TX, Leslie Hankins of Hico, TX. Jeff had many grandchildren and he loved them more than anything. Jeff provided and sacrificed his whole life so that the entire Norville, Hankins and Hawkins family could have a better and more rewarding life.
Family will receive friends at Carlisle Funeral Home, Tarboro, N. C., on Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 12:30 - 1:45 pm followed by a graveside service at 2:00 pm Edgecombe Memorial Park, Tarboro, N. C. with Military Honors.
Local Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Warren Hills Memorial Home. To send an on-line condolence please visit www.warrenhillsmemorialhome.com
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