Norton, Melrose

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Melrose Flathers "Tootsie" Norton, age 89 of Canton died Friday, August 23, 2019 at Northside Hospital Cherokee after a long period of declining health. She was a born-again Christian and longtime member of Hopewell Baptist Church. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother of enormous talent and boundless energy, she worked, raised her children, maintained a perfectly organized household and made it all look effortless. She worked at the Canton Cotton Mill until it closed in 1981. Funeral Services were scheduled for 2:00 PM, on Monday, August 26, 2019, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Ware officiating. Entombment followed at Cherokee Memorial Park. The family received friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sunday, August 25, 2019, and from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Monday, August 26, 2019 at South Canton Funeral Home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ethel Wheeler Flathers; and her husband of 57 years, B.H. Norton; Four brothers: Merlin, James, Truman and Thurman Flathers, and one sister: Melba Gomes. She is survived by three sons and daughter-in-law: Randall (Angela) Norton of Waleska, Jim (Teresa) Norton, and Tim (Jennifer) Norton all of Canton. Granddaughter: Kristin (Cory) Gauthier, Grandsons: Ben, Brett, Zach, Van, and Paul Norton. Great-Granddaughters: Hayden and Addison Gauthier. One sister: Myrna Brovviak of California, numerous nieces and nephews and a very special and much appreciated caregiver: Jennifer Maurdlydn Williams also survive. In lieu of flowers, donations are to be made to The Alzheimer's Association (225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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