She was born Sept. 13, 1930, to the late Horace Greely Haun Sr. and Grace Gardner Haun of Tellico Plains, Monroe County.
She attended Tellico Plains High School, graduating as valedictorian, and continued her studies at Tennessee Wesleyan College, where she again graduated with the highest marks in her class.
She was a member of Westwood Baptist Church and taught mainly English literature for many years, first at Bradley Central High School, before moving to Cleveland High School when it opened in 1967.
She was an avid and dedicated teacher who provided a positive influence on the lives of many students. She did not seek accolades but did seek to serve others. Moreover, she was a faithful and loving wife, mother and grandmother, as well as being a devout Christian.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ennis E. Norman; three sisters: Opal Tallent, Hazel Clark and Lillian Wilson; two brothers, Horace Jr. and Glen; and a nephew, Steve Haun.
She is survived by a son, W. Keith Norman and wife, Gilda, and grandchildren, Madeleine and George, all of England; two sisters-in-law: Nova Lee Haun of Valrico, Fla., and Marie Sutton of Lexington, Ky.; 10 nephews: Glen Allen Haun and wife, Christine, of Seffner, Fla., Mike Haun and wife, Vickie, of Alexis, N.C., Hal Tallent and wife, Dale, of Alcoa, Harold Wilson and wife, Diane, of Tellico Plains, Charles Wilson of Schereville, Ind., Larry Clark and wife, Patricia, of Burke County, N.C., Ray Norman of Cleveland, Gary Goodwin of Connecticut, Jeffrey Ward of Virginia and Eric Sutton of Lexington, Ky.; nine nieces: Betty Tallent Perkins of Alcoa, Judy Haun Fowler and husband, Larry, of North Carolina, Carol Wilson Moses and husband, Larry, of Knoxville, Diane Wilson Wall and husband, B.J., of Tellico Plains, Linda Wilson Ellis and husband, Jerry, of Tellico Plains, Jean Cochran of Cleveland, Linda Parks and husband, Johnny, of Jonesborough, Lisa Ward of Virginia and Jennifer Sutton-Joanisse and husband, Marc, of London, Ontario; and numerous grand-nephews and nieces.
Her family expresses its appreciation to the many friends, neighbors and caregivers who provided such warm and heartfelt assistance and support to Jena during her later years, with a special mention to Kay and Dave Cummings, Myra Vaughan, Betty Hobby, Rose Lyle and Liz Massey.
The funeral will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Caywood officiating.
Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with Larry Moses, B.J. Wall, Hal Tallent, Larry Clark, Lawrence Gentry, Tim Riggs and Charles Smith serving as pallbearers.
Her family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Jena H. Norman Memorial Fund on the association website or by calling their toll-free helpline at 1-800-272-3900. Alternatively, the family requests that memorials in the name of Jena either be made to Westwood Baptist Church in Cleveland to be used for missions or to Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., to be used for scholarships.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Norman family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.