OBITUARY

Norma Jean Ogle

May 6, 1938June 9, 2021
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Norma Jean Ogle, age 83, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday morning, June 9, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Greeting her at Heaven’s Gate were her parents, James Ralph and Ella Lounita Broadwell; brother, James Calvin Broadwell; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sarah Katherine and Willie Bruce Ogle; and brothers-in-law, Bill and Jim Ogle. Norma’s childhood was spent in Meigs County, TN where she met lifelong best friend, Barbara Ann Russell, nee Gregory. They ran the dirt roads throughout the county together, finished each other’s sentences, had a multitude of friends and always had a story to tell about one another. Norma enjoyed working at various businesses in the Knoxville area including UT, Dempster Bros., Ceil Heat and in Mayor Kyle Testerman’s political campaign. While employed at Ceil Heat, she was the photo model who demonstrated many of their products. In the summer of 1962, Norma met the love of her life, Jack H. Ogle. Jack was as handsome as she was beautiful, and they made a striking couple. They married on January 12, 1963, after a whirlwind courtship. The following day after a heavy overnight snowfall, she and Jack celebrated their marriage by snow sledding down the hills around Deane Hill Country Club. They didn’t own a sled so they used an old automobile hood to ride the dips and swells of the steep hills in the area. Their upside-down automobile hood was the fastest sled on the snow to the displeasure of all the other sledders. When Jack married Norma, he was very blessed to also gain a daughter, Vicki Ellen. Daughter, Lisa Lynn, arrived to complete their family on October 8, 1963. Norma spent many wonderful years alongside Jack and numerous other family members and friends as they operated Atomic Speedway and Smokey Mountain Raceway. Norma’s domain was the ticket booth where she was lovingly referred to as “Norma Jean the Ticket Machine”! Norma was a deeply devoted and passionate believer in JESUS CHRIST. Reading and studying GOD’S WORD was a daily practice, and she loved telling others of JESUS’ love for all mankind. Every year Norma mailed hundreds of greeting cards especially at Christmas and for special occasions, and each card contained the handwritten note, “GOD loves you and so do we”, signed Jack and Norma. She always had a smile on her face and a great laugh that she shared with everyone. Jack often said that Norma was the happiest person he had ever known, and he believed that her enduring faith was the reason. Norma is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Jack H. Ogle; daughters, Vicki (Ernest) Short and Lisa (Steve) Reed; grandchildren, Dustin Cureton, Kayla (Brandon) Trachsel, Shane Short, Stephen (Irene) Rogers, Kristen (Chase) Trotter, Christopher Reed (fiancé Meghan Iman), Matt Reed, Spencer Reed, Brian (Stephanie) Reed and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Charles and Harrison Broadwell. Our entire family greatly appreciate the care and concern that Norma received from the staff of Tennova-Turkey Creek, her oncologist, Dr. Sudarshan Doddabele and from Ms. Lynn Turner of Amedisys Health. The family will receive friends from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike with a service to follow at 6:00pm. Interment will be on Monday, June 14, 2021, at 11:00am. Family and friends will gather at Berry Highland Memorial Funeral Home for a procession to the cemetery at 10:30am. Pastor Jaime Goldenberg will officiate the services. Pall bearers are Stephen Rogers, Chase Trotter, Spencer Reed, Brandon Trachsel, Chris Reed, and Reagan Rogers. Donations in Norma’s memory may be made to Transformation Church, Young-Williams Animal Center, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital or a church or charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 14, 2021

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Norma Jean Ogle

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Stephen Rogers

June 17, 2021

Such a wonderful woman. I miss her like crazy, but know she is looking down on all of us with her beautiful smile. I'll see you soon Grams!

Barbara Russell

June 13, 2021

I can only imagine how beautiful Heaven must be!
I will see you in the sweet bye and bye…

All my love,
Barbara

Margaret Causby

June 11, 2021

As you already know, Norma Jean was my very favorite cousin. While growing up in NC, she was still like the sister I never had. We went to Tenn. so many times from the time I was 3. All my Tenn. cousins were the ones I will always remember. I loved her so much and do want to keep in touch with everyone else. She was such a good person and I know she is in Heaven now with her parents. Her mother, Aunt Tom, was like my 2nd mother and I have missed her. I know she is out of pain now and we will meet again. I can't help but be so sad that she has passed. She was such a lively and fun person. I will always remember my days with her and never forget her!!!

Jimmie Malone

June 11, 2021

So many memories from school days to adulthood. Distance separated us but love never did. Norma was a beautiful person and a delight to be around. It breaks my heart that she is gone, but I know she is with our Lord and we will be together again some day. 💘

LINDA HARVEY

June 11, 2021

JACK AND FAMILY,
I am so sorry to hear of NORMA JEAN'S passing. she is now with God and is one of his angels. May GOD wrap his arms around you and bless you and your family. LINDA HARVEY

Missy Brown

June 10, 2021

The best week of the year was going to my Aunt Norma and Uncle Jacks a work free week going to Timbercrest pool with Lisa watching America Bandstand eating Arby's Roastbeefs and going to West town Mall what a week of Luxury. Aunt Norma had a heart of Gold and a Smile of Beauty.Everytime i wear a broach i think of her if its on a Jacket,Shirt or on a Hat cause she loved them so much.That might be were i got it from her.We will all be together again in Our Fathers House in Heaven love Missy Ogle Brown.

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