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Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

1360 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL

OBITUARY

Norman Burgess

December 11, 1932January 8, 2020
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Peacefully at his daughter’s home in Cocoa, Florida, at the age of 87 , Norman Burgess went to meet his savior. Norman and his twin sister Norma were born on December 11, 1932 in Logan County, West Virginia to Maude Midkiff and Silas Burgess. Norman is the last of his siblings to make the journey to heaven. He will be met at heaven’s gate by his wife Janice Burgess of 64 years and his siblings: Helen, Opal, Norma, Mary, Harold, Junior, and Denver Ray. Norman is survived by his children Laura May Robbins and husband Niel of Cocoa, Florida, Calvin Burgess and wife Tammy from Mexico, Maine. Norman was blessed with 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. His grandchildren were the apple of his eye. They called him PopPop, but many would call him the child whisper because all children loved him. Norman loved the Lord and he spent many volunteer hours at his home churches; the First Baptist Church in Mexico, Maine and Moss Bluff Baptist Church in Ocklawaha, Florida. He helped build the food ministry when he was at Moss Bluff. He always made sure that his children and grandchildren knew the Lord. Norman held many jobs in his life. When his dad died, he worked in the coal mines of West Virginia. When he was old enough, he joined the air force to send money home to help his mother. He is a Korean War Vet. After the air force, he took his wife back to West Virginia but they soon moved to Maine. In Maine, he worked at a gas station where he picked up the name rebel. He worked as a janitor in Peru Maine elementary, he worked at a saw mill in Peru, and eventually he found his forever job, a truck driver for Pioneer Plastic in Auburn, Maine. Norman loved the outdoors in Maine. He loved to fish on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. He loved spending time with his friends and his family. Norman never met a stranger and always made friends wherever he went. He loved to make people smile, he always said you can go through life with a frown or a smile and a smile was much easier. The family would like to thank the staff or Hospice of Saint Francis and Avid Home care services who helped Norman though his final days. The family would also like to thank friends and family for their love and support at this solemn time. A celebration of life service will take place at Wylie Baxley Funeral Home in Merritt Island on Sunday, January 12th , 2020 , at 4 pm. The family will be at the funeral home at 3 pm if others would like to come early. In lieu of flowers, since Norman suffered from Dementia, the family is asking for donations to alzheimer’s association: alz.org/cnfl

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 12, 2020

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Bob & Patty Tatum

January 13, 2020

We were so honored to be able to attend Norman's Celebration of Life service yesterday. His family did such a wonderful job of making it a most memorable afternoon for everyone. Norman was such a lovely, dear man who was a joy to be around. Simply put, he was just fun...he always had a smile to share and a joke to tell. At times when we were lucky enough to share a meal or be together at his daughter Lauramay's home, he always made us feel welcome and kept us laughing. A couple of months ago, we spent an unforgettable evening together with Lauramay, Niel, and Norman at Papa Vito's, our favorite restaurant. As we caught up over dinner and shared stories, Norman kept us smiling the whole time. And if you were not fortunate enough to get to know Norman, you can see his light shining brightly through the eyes of his wonderful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Hugs to all of you.

Randy Crosby

January 10, 2020

Norman was a great neighbor came over to visit us when he lived in Mexico ME.
You will be missed wished I could of seen you before you left us but now your in god hands god bless you RIP

Marilla Couch

January 10, 2020

Norman! Such a wonderful guy. I grew up with Calvin and Lauramay. I loved going to their camp at Mooselookmeguntic in Rangely, Maine. I loved the positive attitude that I received from Norman throughout his lifetime. Whenever I would call he would appear like he was 'fielding' the call. Most of the time I think he knew my voice, but there were times that I wasn't sure. It would drive me crazy and make me laugh at the same time! Thank you, Norman, for being such a great father to your children and your 'extra' children like I was. I love you and wish I could be there for your last sending. Marilla

Karen Allred-Lewis

January 9, 2020

Lauramay
Your daddy was so kind and funny. I always enjoyed conversations with him. It was evident that he loved his family very deeply. I am so grateful to have known him. Rest In Peace Poppop, you will be missed here on earth and were a blessing to all who knew you.
With deepest sympathy,
Karen A L

Leslie Bustamante

January 9, 2020

Laura Mae, your folks have always had a special place in my heart, as has your whole family. Your mom, the staunch New England woman, I new her to be, (which I loved dearly) was loving and strong in character.
Pop Pop, well he was simply adorable! He was so kind and endearing. He had a way of looking you in the eye as you spoke, and you knew he cared to listen.
My heart shares the deep pain of your loss. But my spirit takes joy in the knowledge that you will be joined again, for eternity, in our heavenly home...

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