OBITUARY

Gloria Burnsed Norton

March 21, 1941November 23, 2018

Gloria Burnsed Norton, 77, passed away Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Community Hospice Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring after a long illness. She was born in Baldwin, FL on March 21, 1941 to the late A. Richard Burnsed and the former Dottis Bennett.

Salutatorian and Homecoming Queen of her graduating class from Baldwin High School, Gloria was that rare combination of brains and beauty, always seeking to explore any opportunity that came her way. She was a self-taught master of cooking, winning numerous contests and being twice named a National Pillsbury Bake-Off winner, as well as taking top recognition in the popular Jacksonville Journal cooking contest. She looked for any occasion to share her love of food and cooking with others, and for several years taught a cooking class at Florida Community College while also spending time on television sets, styling food for Winn-Dixie commercials among several other restaurants and stores.

Her professional career began at Prudential Insurance Company’s Jacksonville headquarters where she excelled at building relationships (she loved meeting new people and learning from them) and treating visitors to colorful tours of the historical building. During this time, Gloria met and married her husband Ray, a banker at Flagship Bank which would later become SunTrust. They had two children, Hamilton born in 1970, and Virginia in 1972. The Nortons were devoted to their children, taking them on business trips and family vacations alike, presenting them with unique experiences at every turn.

As her husband retired and her teenagers graduated from high school into college, Gloria devoted most of her time and energy to the care of her aging parents and eventually her brother, Dal, who passed away only 8 years ago. For the past 25 years, Gloria has combined her love of people and food into an enjoyable livelihood, working both in food styling and business development at White Hawk Pictures and Digital Video Arts (DVA). She has been fortunate enough to work with most local advertising agencies and businesses as well as for memorable political candidates and causes, in which she actively participated in a variety of roles: organizer, advisor, strategist, avid sign waver and event-attender. Indeed, she essentially managed her daughter’s two judicial campaigns and was instrumental in her ultimate victory.

Gloria is survived by her husband of 55 years, Raymond H. Norton; her son, R. Hamilton Norton, Jr.; and her daughter, The Honorable Virginia Baker Norton; all of Jacksonville, as well as her sister, Myrtise (Jack) Hamilton; her nephew, Hagood Hamilton, Esq.; and her niece, Dr. Laura Hamilton (Dr. Leon Khoury) all of Columbia, SC.

A graveside service, officiated by Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr., will be held Thursday, November 29th at 1:00pm at the Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Cemetery located at 4801 San Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville.

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  • FAMILY

  • Gloria is survived by her husband of 55 years, Raymond H. Norton; her son, R. Hamilton Norton, Jr.; and her daughter, The Honorable Virginia Baker Norton; all of Jacksonville, as well as her sister, Myrtise (Jack) Hamilton; her nephew, Hagood Hamilton, Esq.; and her niece, Dr. Laura Hamilton (Dr. Leon Khoury) all of Columbia, SC.

Services

  • Graveside Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Reception to follow interment Thursday, November 29, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gloria Burnsed Norton

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Justin Ellis

December 2, 2018

Our deepest sympathies to Ray , Wayne and the Norton family.
From Wayne's friends in the Jacksonville Amateur Ham Radio community.

Lauri-Ellen Smith

November 30, 2018

Virginia, Ray, Hamilton- My heartfelt condolences. This is also a loss for the Jacksonville community. Many of us learned what pure grace and elegance, shrouded in steely Southern charm, TRULY is by watching and working along side your beautiful Gloria. She moved mountains and made it look effortless. I will always be grateful for having known her and having had the opportunity to be in her amazing company during advertising, PR, and political campaigns.

Bob and Jean Higginbotham

November 29, 2018

Ray, our deepest sympathy and prayers to you, Virginia and Hamilton in your loss. Gloria was an almost lifetime friend of ours. From my time as a fellow student at Baldwin to Jean taking classes under her at FSCJ, we have many fond memories. We certainly enjoyed our recent visits with her, to see her in good spirits and having the opportunity to reminisce with her was special to us. She was indeed a very special person and we grieve along with you in her passing.

Stanley Golaszewski

November 29, 2018


Dear Ray and Family
I was sorry to hear of Gloria passing. Gloria was always a wonderful friends.

I will always remember your wedding Gloria was a beautiful bride .

Ray peace and Love be with you and your family.


your friend

Stanley Golaszewski

Bob & Laura Burris

November 29, 2018

Ray and family, our deepest condolences. We pray that you find peace and comfort through your memories.

Raymond Reid

November 29, 2018

Heaven called upon its newest angel for her smarts, class, grace and devotion. I got to know Gloria Norton over the years and we recently enjoyed sharing some of those memories together. To say that Gloria worked tirelessly and with passion for each and every cause important to her is an understatement. She was an amazing, beautiful person inside and out who will be missed.

Rhonda Peoples-Waters

November 29, 2018

We shared beautiful life moments on the campaign trail in the rain, in churches, or just out in the community. Her talents exemplify God's love.