OBITUARY

Norman E. Minton

October 23, 1937February 15, 2021
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Norman, fondly called “Coach Minton” was a member of Holy Savior Catholic Church in Clinton. He was alumnus of Brookhaven High School, Mississippi College (B.S.), and Jackson State University ( M.Ed.). Norman was a retired teacher and coach, having served at Laurel High School, Ackerman High School, Forest Hill High School and Siwell Junior High School.

“He could get all fired up and get in your face when it came to football. But he always showed his humility the rest of the time. Even through his roughness, I knew he was giving his all to me to be a better football player and person. You won't come across many people like Coach Minton in your life.” -Larry Wall, Forest Hill High School Alumnus

Norman was preceded in death by his father, Willis Eugene Minton, his mother, Norma Ann Negrotto Minton, his wife of 46 years, Etta Tywana Cole Minton, and two brothers, Willis E. “Gene” Minton and John T. Minton and sister, Katherine Minton of Jackson.

Norman is survived by his son, David E. Minton and wife Pattie, two daughters Virginia “Ginger” Minton Bracken and husband Jeff, and Kathy Minton Russell.

Coach Minton truly loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He shared his love for the outdoors by showing them the ropes of fishing and gardening. Minton continued his coaching journey by supporting each of them in any sporting activity they attempted. The seven grandchildren are Douglas, Stephanie, Markus, Bailey, Avery, Robin and Samantha. The three great grandchildren are Jackson, Annie and Wade.

Norman had an impact on many as a coach and teacher, but more importantly as a person. He was a member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches and was selected to the Mississippi College Hall of Fame in 2010.

“Minton certainly deserved to be in the college's Hall of Fame," says Enis Proctor, past executive director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. "Norman was a fine coach who was as tough as they come."

The visitation is 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. followed by a small family and friends service on Monday, February 22nd at Lakewood Funeral Home Chapel in Jackson. For safety of all, face mask and social distancing will be required when entering the building.

Donations in memory of Norman Minton may be sent to: Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi 407 Briarwood Drive, Suite #223 Jackson, MS 39206 http://www.bgccm.org/donate-now

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, February 22, 2021

Memories

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Connie McNamee Schaap

March 1, 2021

Who ever did your Memorial Tribute video did a great job.
You were around for all 6 of the McNamee Children and we will always love you and remember you. You are in a safe place now. One day we will meet again. Rest In Peace Coach. You will be truly missed. Love you Connie Mac

Terry Miller

February 23, 2021

All of us former players are the lucky ones. We've been given a blessing to have been coached by Norman Minton, to learn from him, to watch him, to go into battle with him was a true life experience. On the football field or off we benefited greatly from his leadership style teaching us and coaching us in drill after drill not just on the mechanics of football but life in general. I will never forget. Many of us still talk and quote Coach Minton to this day. William Day and I still quote his more memorable drill quotes. You knew you were the sole benefactor in owning a mistake when a little tobacco spit landed in your face during those nose to nose teaching moments. Norm wanted us to own our mistakes so that we wouldn't make the same mistakes again. He made us start each day perfecting yesterday so we had a better chance at winning the next day. A true winner and mentor of young men.

Jeffrey C Morrow

February 22, 2021

Coach Minton deeply cared about every student and player he ever met. I am grateful to have been one of these. Thank you Coach.

Ethelene Herrington

February 19, 2021

When we were in high school Norman would come over to my house and study. I remember my mother would be giving him out questions for the next days exam. Norman always had a special place in my heart ❤️. He was such a compassionate person.
I’m so sorry of his passing away.

Ethelene Henning Herrington.

Elton Wright

February 19, 2021

Iwould like to extend comfort to the family of Coach Minton. I enjoyed working with him at Forest Hill High School. He and I coached football together. He was a joy to be around. All of the students really loved Coach Minton.
May the Lord bless each of his children and grandchildren.
One memory on Norman. We were practicing track on the hill and someone said I bet a coke you can' vault. I don't remember the height but he took the bet and ran down the runway with the pole and cleared the bar. What the vaulters did not know was that Norman was a vaulter in High school. No more bets.
Elton Wright
West MS

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Biography

Norman, fondly called “Coach Minton” was a member of Holy Savior Catholic Church in Clinton. He was alumnus of Brookhaven High School, Mississippi College (B.S.), and Jackson State University ( M.Ed.). Norman was a retired teacher and coach, having served at Laurel High School, Ackerman High School, Forest Hill High School and Siwell Junior High School.

“He could get all fired up and get in your face when it came to football. But he always showed his humility the rest of the time. Even through his roughness, I knew he was giving his all to me to be a better football player and person. You won't come across many people like Coach Minton in your life.”
-Larry Wall, Forest Hill High School Alumnus

Norman was preceded in death by his father, Willis Eugene Minton, his mother, Norma Ann Negrotto Minton, his wife of 46 years, Etta Tywana Cole Minton, and two brothers, Willis E. “Gene” Minton and John T. Minton and sister, Katherine Minton of Jackson.

Norman is survived by his son, David E. Minton and wife Pattie, two daughters Virginia “Ginger” Minton Bracken and husband Jeff, and Kathy Minton Russell.

Coach Minton truly loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He shared his love for the outdoors by showing them the ropes of fishing and gardening. Minton continued his coaching journey by supporting each of them in any sporting activity they attempted. The seven grandchildren are Douglas, Stephanie, Markus, Bailey, Avery, Robin and Samantha. The three great grandchildren are Jackson, Annie and Wade.

Norman had an impact on many as a coach and teacher, but more importantly as a person. He was a member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches and was selected to the Mississippi College Hall of Fame in 2010.

“Minton certainly deserved to be in the college's Hall of Fame," says Enis Proctor, past executive director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. "Norman was a fine coach who was as tough as they come."