Norman Franklyn Gravenor, 88, of Salisbury, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 quite unexpectedly.
Norman was born May 13, 1929 near Salisbury, to the late George W. Gravenor and Mary F. Gravenor. He was educated in Wicomico County schools and graduated from Wicomico High School in 1946.
Norman was a Korean War veteran serving from 1951 to 1953 at Fort Myer, Virginia with the Third Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the “Old Guard”. There he took part in the many ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and around the Washington, DC area.
He was a retired carpenter, having been in business with his father until his death in 1961. Norman was then a maintenance foreman at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center until 1970. He then worked for Wicomico County Board of Education as a carpenter in the Maintenance Department. Norman retired from there in 1994.
After his retirement, he acquired many interest and hobbies including collecting advertising hats, milk bottles, old tools, match book covers, advertising pencils and pens, and miniature Farm-all tractors to mention a few. Norman enjoyed reading books of any kind and doing search a word puzzles for a past time. One of his favorite things was attending auction sales in the area, no matter what day of the week or the location.
Norman was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Iva Mae on August 14, 2015. They had 58 beautiful years together and truly showed their children and family what happiness, commitment and love in a marriage was supposed to be. Norman is survived by one daughter, Patti Sue Cecil (Scott) of Seaford, DE and one son, Alan Wise Gravenor of Salisbury; a grandson, Jason Alan Miller (Kristin) of Fruitland; a great-grandson, Tyler Bryan Miller of Fruitland and two step great grandchildren; Caleb and Leah Horseman of Fruitland. Norman leaves behind a sister in law Vera Ellen Staton (Richard) of Fruitland, two nieces, Lori and Amber Staton, a first cousin Phyllis Webster of Salisbury and many more cousins that are too many to mention.
Norman’s family was his life and he enjoyed each and every moment spent with them. As his children grew he was busy with cub scouts, 4-H, school activities, PTA and UMYF. He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, where he held many offices. Norman was also currently a Director of the Wicomico Farm and Home Show and a member of the Wicomico County Farm Bureau.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury. A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 4-6 pm and Monday one hour prior to the service all at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Wicomico Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to: Fruitland Fire Department, PO Box 70, Fruitland, MD 21826 or Wicomico Farm and Home Show c/o Alan Gravenor, 168 Morris Mill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.