William Hammond Norton Sr., age 95, of Marlin, entered into rest on Monday, June 23, 2008. Memorial services will be 10 A.M. Saturday, June 28, 2008 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Judge Robert Stem and Jim Jones officiating.
William Hammond Norton, Sr., known by his close friends as “Hambone” was born in Calvert, Texas in the historic Hammond House in 1912 to Susan Hammond Norton and Percy Tennent Norton. He served honorably in the United States Navy during World War II as a code master at the rank of Chief Petty Officer on the U.S.S. Lowndes. After returning from the war he married Sarah Kendrick Bartlett to whom he was married for 64 years and with whom he raised three children in Marlin, Texas. Hammond was an outstanding athlete in high school and college and continued to pursue competitive tennis into his late seventies. Among his other attributes were his artistic talents and his love and appreciation for poetry, music and art. An avid outdoorsman and bird hunter, he spent much of his time at his farm, “The Brazos Riviera”. He also enjoyed travel and vacationed frequently with his family. In particular, he established an annual family vacation to Akunial, Mexico which continued for more than 20 years. Hammond was a local realtor and taught real estate classes at McLennan Community College. In his later years he established the Wisteria Project which planted wisteria throughout his hometown of Calvert.
His brothers, Lynn Norton and Pete Norton and his sisters, Sue Roberts and Fannie Lee Snider, preceded Hammond in death.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Bartlett Norton; son and daughter-in-law Bart and Cathy Norton; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Jean Norton; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Dot Norton; nine grandchildren whom he adored, Caroline, Court, Sarah, John, Catherine, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Bradley and Maria and three great grandchildren, Jack, Charlie and Sarah Grace.
Adams Funeral Home in Marlin is in charge of arrangements.