Mrs. Norma Gayle Anderton Jones

October 17, 1947 – July 15, 2020

On Wednesday, July 15th, the loved Norma Gayle Anderton Jones went to sing with the Lord’s Angels the way only she could: loud for everyone to hear.

A devoted wife, a loving daughter, supportive sister and the most gracious and caring mother and grandmother lost her fight against cancer that she has fiercely battled for almost two decades. A cancer so rare and “uncommon” that in 2014 she was the recipient as the yearly “Uncommon Action” award. An award that is presented to the person that “has gone above and beyond in volunteering to advance the mission and serve the chordoma community”. An action that illustrates just how strong she was to not just overcome such a disease, not once but twice, but to also join the fight against such a terrible illness.

Norma was born October 17, 1947 in Hartselle, AL as the first child to Norman and Mary Anderton. She grew up one of three siblings. Upon graduating High School at Shades Valley, she embarked on her collegiate career to The University of Alabama. In Tuscaloosa she found the people that would define her life for years to come. First her roommate and best friend Karen Campbell who she shared many adventures. Then her sisters and forever friends in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Every year she talked about and looked forward to the annual reunion. Lastly, through Karen, she met Tom Jones from Valley Head.

Tom and Norma were married May 31st of 1969, and after a road trip Honeymoon to Daytona Beach, began 51 years of marriage. They had three children, and all were loved and cared for by the most compassionate mother one could hope to find. Her love and devotion to her family was unwavering.

For those that know Norma, she will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, compassion, her strong will, her love of travel, hiking, the beautiful rose bushes around the pool, her bridge group, the opera like voice, and one that would always be there ready to talk through all of life’s challenges.

To her family, she will always be the loving wife that was there with nurse like care and compassion, the trips to Hawaii and gentle reminders of how much she cared. The mother that would always be there to listen or give advice. The “Nana” that would spoil and shower her grandkids the way only she could.

Norma, Wife, Mom, and Nana: we all miss you, but you will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

Norma was preceded in death by her father Norman Anderton and her second son Michael Jones. She is survived by her husband Tom Jones of Valley Head. Her son Thomas (Ellen) Jones and granddaughter Nora Jones all of Greenwood, SC. Her daughter Marianne (Lamar) Jester and grandchildren Allison, Trip and Rebecca Jester all of  Homewood, AL. Her mother Mary Anderton of Vestavia, AL, brother Keith (Francis) Anderton of Vienna Austria, sister Mary Ann Clover of St. George, UT, nieces & nephews Ellen, Alexandria and Liam.

Serving as pallbearers will be Pat Taylor, Sterling Franks, Bob Thomas, Larry Hooks, Robert Wilson and Sid Jones.

The Family requests no flowers, instead please make contributions to the Norma Anderton Jones & Michael Norman Jones UA DeKalb BAMA Club Memorial Scholarship. Send the contributions to: National Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 861928, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486 (Attn. Deborah Parr). Make checks payable to “Alumni Fund”.


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Date of Funeral: Saturday, July 18, 2020

Funeral Location: Valley Head Cemetery

Funeral Time: Graveside Service at 11:00 AM

Officiating: The Rev. William Dexter Bender


Date of Burial: Saturday, July 18, 2020
Burial Location: Valley Head Cemetery

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21 entries.
Martha Roberts Killian from Aiken, SC wrote on July 22, 2020 at 1:13 pm:
Tom, I send my love & prayers for your whole family. We shared many years of family memories in Valley Head. I especially remember how much I enjoyed your mother.
Donna Davis Baird from Guntersville wrote on July 19, 2020 at 1:56 am:
Norma was my AXO sister. We pledged the same year and spent our AXO years as “sisters” and friends. She was a person who was bigger than life. A force of nature. Her essence filled a room with light and laughter. It is hard to believe someone so vibrant and fun has left us bringing light and love to another realm. She is one you thought would live forever. AXO goals and standards she was. Real. Strong. Women. She was that kind of woman. So strong that cancer couldn’t take that spirit for many years. Determination to live and enjoy every single minute of every day was a goal. She did that. She loved life and because of that, we cherish it too. Her example inspired me to do just that. I will be joyful in my moments of deep despair and find hope in ever situation. Her legacy was hope and joy. She left us with that memory and inspiration. I can hear her laughter and see her smile. She will never be forgotten. Her light still shines bright in our hearts. And, one thing I know for sure. The world is a better place because she lived.
Until we meet again!
TERRY & LISA LYNN from MONTGOMERY, AL wrote on July 19, 2020 at 12:40 am:
What a Beautiful Tribute for such a Beautiful Lady, I wish we had known her. Marianne you favor your Mom so much, she is so Beautiful. We sure Love your Beautiful Family. Sending Prayers & Hugs. Much Love God Bless you All
Diane Lanevi from Chapel Hill, NC wrote on July 18, 2020 at 9:48 pm:
We are so sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. She was a bright shining star for anyone who met her. We’ve known it since we first me her at a Chordoma conference. Her cheerful demeanor and gracious soul will be missed.
Kate and Joe from Orscheln wrote on July 18, 2020 at 12:50 pm:
Such a beautiful soul we know will be greatly missed. Her smile really beamed bright, just like you, MA! We are praying for you all. Xoxo
Linda Raughton from Valley Head wrote on July 18, 2020 at 2:06 am:
Tom, I am so sorry to learn of Norma’s passing. It is horrible to live next door and see each other only in passing down the driveway or in the post office parking lot. I treasure the times you both were able to come to our house for the Christmas breakfast and so enjoyed being with Norma in Auburn for the AXO reunion.
Norma was such a special lady, and you and your family are in our prayers.
Harold and Dianna from Valley Head wrote on July 18, 2020 at 12:48 am:
Sending prayers and love to the family. Norma was always such a positive person. She will be with Michael now.
Alex and Missy Jones from Panama City, FL wrote on July 18, 2020 at 12:30 am:
I have always been encouraged by Norma's fight. She set an incredible example by her faith. May she rest in peace now cancer free.
Lea Oden from Fort Payne wrote on July 17, 2020 at 11:12 pm:
So sorry for your loss, remember playing some fun golf games with her and her beautiful voice in Church !
Sheree Gibbs from Cropwell wrote on July 17, 2020 at 8:24 pm:
Norma was a delight in every way. She was always uplifting and such an inspiration. You are all in my prayers.
Kay Medina from Birmingham wrote on July 17, 2020 at 7:47 pm:
I taught along side Norma for several years. She was a great teacher and a good friend. I loved her sense of humor and bright outlook on life. She will be missed.
Bruce Smith from VESTAVIA HILLS wrote on July 17, 2020 at 7:32 pm:
I'm so sorry for the family lose.
She was a wonderful person,who Jill and I will miss.
Wes Gaines from Charlotte wrote on July 17, 2020 at 5:54 pm:
Norma always had a smile on her face and persevered despite all the challenges in her life! I remember her positivity. She never gave up on life.

I still remember playing with Michael and swimming in Michael’s grandparents’ pool in Birmingham as children. Fond memories.

I’m sending thoughts and prayers to the family! Hopefully she has found peace! Sending lots of hugs!
LuLu Perry from Gulf Breeze, Florida wrote on July 17, 2020 at 5:40 pm:
We became Alpha Chi Omega sorority Sisters in 1965 at our Loved University of Alabama . Delightful presence in my Life , strong prayer partner , marvelous “teller” of your
World Adventures , Beloved Sister and Friend . Your death leaves a void in my Life And I hope you knew how much I enjoyed the “Pleasure of Your Company . “
Truly feel You and Michael are Home Together. With Much Love , LuLu Long Perry
Jeannine Fox from Magnolia, tx wrote on July 17, 2020 at 5:32 pm:
Norma was one of our group Of Alpha Chi Omega sisters that took “adventures” ever 2-3 years. Knowing her was a wonderful experience. She was a Real Strong Woman as most AXO ladies strive to be. She will be greatly missed.❤️❤️❤️
Halcyann Badham from Birmingham wrote on July 17, 2020 at 5:01 pm:
This obituary fits Norma so well as she was everything it says and more - a good bridge player too as the last time I saw her was in Mentone about a year ago playing at Nancy Krenkel's home. We laughed and laughed! Love you Norma! Beautiful tribute to your life and exquisite photo of you - a beautiful Southern lady!
Lajean Mattheews from Valley Head,Alabama wrote on July 17, 2020 at 2:24 pm:
Norma Anderton Jones gave her all to every aspect of her well-lived life. I will remain grateful, to the end of my days, that my life was touched by this beautiful woman.
Hollis Taylor hawkins from Opelika wrote on July 17, 2020 at 2:19 am:
One of the truest southern ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She made one feel as though they were magical when in her presence. A true gem will be truly missed.
Janet Hartline from Fort Payne wrote on July 17, 2020 at 1:47 am:
Such a sweet lady. So glad I got to meet her through her children that I had at Fort Payne High.
Dr Martin L Habel from Rainsville wrote on July 17, 2020 at 1:16 am:
Norma was bigger than life. She literally lite up the room when she was with you. The wonderful woman we have lost God has gained.

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