Jimmy (Jim) David Norton, 81, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2023, in Scottsdale, Arizona from Lewy Body Dementia. Jim was born in Portales, New Mexico on April 8, 1942, to parents JD and Velma Norton.
The Norton family moved to Dial, Texas in 1945. Jim attended Plemons Elementary School, later graduating from Stinnett High School in 1960. He made many friends in both school and life and was well known for his love of God, fun sense of humor, and athletic ability.
Jim married Bennie Sue Gilliam in 1964. To this marriage, one son, Jason Norton, was born. Jim was drafted into the army in October 1966 and was honorably discharged two years later. During this time, he served in Panama and was chosen to set-up communications for President Lyndon B Johnson at a Latin American conference located in Uruguay. This was something Jim was very proud of and often spoke about with family and friends.
Jim married Glenda “Sue” Neal on January 31, 1981. Jim loved to tell the story of how they met at Brown Pontiac, where Sue worked. They lived in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma; however, they spent the majority of their time together in Amarillo, Texas. Jim and Sue had 42 joyous years of marriage together, recently moving to Scottsdale, Arizona to be near family.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, JD and Velma Norton; his sister, Retha Williams; and brother, Kenneth “Dutch” Norton.
Jim is survived by his wife, Glenda “Sue” Norton of Scottsdale, Arizona; sister, Glenna Turner of Plano, Texas; son, Jason (Rhonda) Norton of Cave Creek, Arizona; grandson, Devin (Hannah) Norton of Cave Creek, Arizona; great-grandson, Midas Norton of Cave Creek, Arizona; along with many other precious family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Oasis Southwest Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas on October 20, 2023, at 10 a.m. followed by a graveside service at the Stinnett Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. in Stinnett, Texas.
Donations may be made in memory of Jim to Hospice of the Valley https://hov.org/donate/donate-now/