Charles was a gift to this earth on March 6, 1934. His love for family and friends guided his ways and meant more to him than anything else. He is survived by his children Terre Johnson and husband, Mike, of Poplar Bluff, Kerre Cassidy and husband, Doug, of Collierville, Tenn., Charles Edward Norton, II and wife, Lori, of Poplar Bluff, Julie Smothers and husband, Jason, of Poplar Bluff; mother, Lola Belle Norton of Saulte Saint Marie, Mich.; sister, Georgia Ray VanMeter and husband, Ellis, of Wabash, Ind.; brother, Ernest Norton of Poplar Bluff; sister Rinthy Cluff of Saulte Saint Marie, Mich. and sister Sharon Kennedy of Saulte Saint Marie, Ind,. Charles was blessed with the following grandchildren: Aaron Johnson and wife Katherine; Becky Johnson, Cindy Johnson; Katy Johnson; Alex Johnson; Camryn Cassidy; Amelia Cassidy; Charles E. (Trae) Norton, III; Tyler Norton; J. Darby Smothers; Jackson Smothers; John Henry Smothers; Julia Smothers; and great-grandchildren, Ian Johnson, Quinn Johnson and Courtney Johnson.
Charles is predeceased by his wife, Julia Yvonne Norton and son, Mark Lindell Norton; his father, bluford Shannon Norton; and brother, Greggory Norton.
Charles married Yvonne Huffman on Dec. 27, 1952, in Pocahontas, Ark. He began his professional career with the Missouri State Highway Department. He earned his professional engineer license in 1971 and later became licensed in seven states. In 1983, Charles and Yvonne formed Charles E. Norton Company, a general contracting firm. He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the First Baptist Church of Poplar Bluff, Westwood Hills Country Club, and the Poplar Bluff Elks Lodge. He enjoyed playing in the floor with his grandchildren, rocking the grandbabies and giving fatherly advice.
The family requests that memorials be made to the United Rescue Mission of Poplar Bluff.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2005, at the First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff.
The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at the church with Dr. William Vail officiating.
Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Cotrell Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.