Samuel ‘Sam’ Norman
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Samuel Roger “Sam” Norman, 65, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Monday morning, March 10, 2014.

He was born in Elkin, N.C. A generous man of good heart and loved by all who knew him, he was of the Baptist faith and a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland.

He was a staunch Georgia fan, a Master Gardener, talented wood worker and gave countless hours of volunteerism to Habitat for Humanity and his church. He graduated from University of Georgia in 1971. He loved history and learning about ways to preserve it. He was his happiest when at home cooking for his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville Worth Norman and Ersie Blackburn Norman.

He is survived by two brothers: Steve Norman and Teddy Norman; and one sister, Kay Enloe, all of Elkin, N.C.

He is also survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Phyllis Jones Norman; son, Wilson and his wife, Sarah, of Atlanta, Ga.; daughters: Abby Jones and her husband, Jeff, of Spartanburg, S.C. and Elizabeth Piana and her husband, Mike, of Victoria, Texas; stepson, Dr. Scott Arthur and his wife, Sally, of Brentwood; and stepdaughter, Kellye Renker and her husband, Todd, of Knoxville. He was the beloved “Papoo” of 11 grandchildren: Ansley Norman, Walt Norman, Anna Jones, Katherine Jones, Ruth Piana, Mary Piana, and Michael Piana and Jamison Arthur, Will Arthur, T.J. Renker and Katie Renker.

The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church, 1275 Stuart Road NE in Cleveland tonight, March 11, 2014, from 5 until 7.

A celebration of his life is planned for Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church with the Revs. Tom Wickes and the Jim Burleson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial be made to the American Cancer Society or to Habitat for Humanity in Sam’s memory.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Sam and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guest book at

Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Norman family with these arrangements.