Rodney Edwin Norton, 76, of Maumelle was born on January 1, 1946 to the late Edwin and Phyllis Waldrep Norton in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and died on March 1, 2022 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.

Rod grew up in Star City and graduated from high school there in 1963. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and graduated from Arkansas A&M College in Monticello with a degree in business administration January 1968. After graduation he married Margaret Riley Norton of Star City and was drafted to serve his country with the U S Army that same year. He served his two years in Georgia and then in Germany. He and Margaret spent a wonderful year in Europe and made many lasting memories.

After coming home in 1971, Rod went to work for The Mad Butcher in Fordyce and later Brinkley, Warren, and Dumas and with Piggly Wiggly at Monticello. Rod started working in the grocery business at age 15 driving the delivery truck for Fletcher Harvey in Star City and then through college he worked for Frizzell’s Grocery also of Star City. Little did he know at that time that would be his lifelong occupation. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Monticello.

Rod and Margaret had two sons who played every sport offered in the Warren School District and Warren YMCA. They would find themselves at some sporting event most every day of the year. He was a past president of the Warren Booster Club and Warren Rotary Club and insisted on being present if possible at events their grandchildren were involved in.

Surviving him are his wife of 54 years, Margaret; two sons, Michael Chad Norton and wife Terri of Star City and Kevin Andrew Norton and wife Erica of Hamburg; grandchildren, that Rod was so proud of, Nicholas Chad Norton of Dallas, Texas; Tara Layne Herren of New Home; Kaitlyn Carrico of Hamburg; Tara Carrico of Little Rock; and Courtney Carrico of Monticello.

Graveside services will be held Monday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at Leek Cemetery in Star City with lifetime friend Bro. Elwin Ollar officiating. Visitation will immediately follow at the cemetery.

Memorials May be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023, or First United Methodist Church, 317 South Main Street, Monticello, Arkansas, 71655.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City.