Norma Jean Bilges

January 9, 1935March 7, 2019

Norma Jean Bilges, 84, of Kilgore, TX passed away March 7, 2019 at Arbor Grace Nursing Home. She was born January 9, 1935 in Monticella, Arkansas to James Oscar and Audrey Lee Nowlin. Norma was a very religious woman. She always spoke her mind, was a hard worker. She was a very friendly woman and had many friends. She would make and sell donuts every Wednesday for the women’s missionaries. Norma loved her husband very much. She took everything she did very seriously. She always prayed. Norma is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerome Harlan Bilges, brother, J.C. Nowlin and his wife Jeanie Elizabeth. Left to cherish her memory is her son, James Eric Bilges and wife, Mary Helen, daughter, Rhonda Lea Watts and husband, Michael Ray, sister, Eythe Nowlin, grandchildren, Chance Watts, Bianca, Jonathon, Patrick, and Richard Bilges, great grandchildren, Jupiter Elizabeth Watts. Services for Norma will be Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with a visitation Monday, March 11, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at Lakeview Funeral Home, 5000 West Harrison Road, Longview, Texas.


  • James Eric Bilges, Son
  • Mary Helen Bilges, James's wife
  • Rhonda Lea Watts, Daughter
  • Michael Ray Watts, Rhonda's husband
  • Eythe Nowlin, Sister
  • Norma is survived by her grandchildren, Chance, Bianca, Johnathon, Patrick, and Richard and great great grandchild, Jupiter Elizabeth Watts. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jerome Harlan Bilges, brother, J.C. Nowlin and wife Jeanie Elizabeth Nowlin.


  • A Time of Visiation with Norma's Family Monday, March 11, 2019
  • A Celebration of Norma's Life Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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Tina Bilges Strauser

March 10, 2019

It has been so many years. Is seems such a shame that family can lose touch, but life happens. I do want to share a memory. When I was a child living in Plevna, Montana, Jerome, Norma, Eric and Rhonda came to Montana for a visit. We were so excited to meet our southern family and my Dad I know was happy to see his brother (Jerome). My memory of that visit was playing with these two kids at our school playground and loving to hear that funny way they talked. I remember Norma, with a big bright beautiful smile and having what felt like a very calm presents. The last time we were together, we were adults, at a family reunion in Custer, SD. Eric, Rhonda and family, my sincere condolences. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. Tina Bilges Strauser, Your distant cousin in Montana.