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OBITUARY

Dr. Norman S. Luton, Jr.

May 11, 1946August 9, 2020
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Dr. Norman S. Luton, Jr., of Seale, Alabama completed his journey in this life Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, GA after a brief battle with Covid-19.

Dr. Luton was born May 11, 1946 in Columbus, GA, son of the late Dr. Norman S. Luton, Sr. and Kate Durham Luton. He attended Auburn University, was a graduate of The University of Alabama, and The University of Alabama School of Medicine. He was Board Certified by The American College of Surgeons, a member of The Southeastern Surgical Congress, The Medical Association State of Alabama, past member of The American Medical Association, Medical Association State of Georgia, Muscogee County Medical Society and The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Sonja Lewis Luton (Lou) of Seale, AL; and his 5 children, Douglas Graham Luton of Cookeville, TN; Christan Rae Ann Edwards of Phenix City, AL; Marcus Roy Luton of Phenix City, AL; Robert James Parker and wife Rebecca of Dunwoody, GA; Ashlee Elizabeth Luton of Phenix City, AL; a sister, Patricia Murphy; three grandchildren, Gabriel Luton, Corrin Luton and James Luton; and Adam Wilson of Phenix City, AL, who was like a son to him.

Dr. Luton was a native son to Phenix City, AL and after completing his medical training, chose to return home to serve the people of this area. In a manner started by his father, he worked tirelessly for the delivery of health care to this community for 36 years. He practiced surgery with the same intense perfectionism that he applied to all parts of his life. His love for animals-including people-was his trademark. In all things in his life; work, hobbies, family and faith he applied the same intense love. His humor and compassion were characteristics that endeared him to patients and medical personnel alike. He believed in his God, his family, his country and in telling the truth in every situation. While his physical presence will be missed, his ideals and exploits will continue in the many "Luton stories" shared by friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Striffler-Hamby Funeral Home, in Phenix City. Masks and social distancing will be observed. The family will be present one hour prior to the service for visitation.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Samaritan's Purse, www.samaritanspurse.org

  • FAMILY

  • Sonja Lewis Luton, Wife
  • Douglas Graham Luton, Son
  • Christan Rae Ann Edwards, Daughter
  • Marcus Roy Luton, Son
  • Robert James Parker (Rebecca), Son
  • Ashlee Elizabeth Luton, Daughter
  • Patricia Murphy, Sister
  • Gabriel Luton, Grandchild
  • Corrin Luton, Grandchild
  • James Luton, Grandchild
  • Adam Wilson, Son at Heart

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Services

  • Visitation for Family & Friends

    Saturday, August 22, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 22, 2020

Memories

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Benjamin Durham

August 19, 2020

To the Luton Family,
I will never forget Luton , Jr. He was always kind to me. When I finished PA school, I remember eating breakfast with him in the doctors‘ lounge at the medical center. We always talked about family memories. And, of course, medicine. I learned a lot from him. He was the one cousin and person I wanted to be like. When we met, he always said to me “Hey Boy”. He was a good man and he will be missed. Praying for Lou and The Luton Family.

- Ben Durham

Kim Eckert

August 16, 2020

My prayers and condolences to all his family and loved ones. I know he is missed.

Working with Dr. Luton Jr. at Cobb Hospital meant never a dull moment...he kept you on your toes and he kept you laughting!

He was a great surgeon and a man who cared and helped others in a lot of different ways. He always put his patient's first.

To the family, friens and loved ones...keep the good memories close to your heart!

Lynn Chestnutt

August 14, 2020

Praying for the family during this time of loss. I was blessed to meet and talk with Dr. Luton while working at the Phenix Regional Hospital.

Angie Jeffcoat

August 14, 2020

Sending prayers for peace and comfort to Lou and all family and friends that he leaves behind. The world lost a great man and he will be missed.
Angie and Jerry Jeffcoat

Ruth Pillman

August 13, 2020

I will always remember Dr. Luton's laugh and cutting up with everyone at Cobb Hospital. He would stop by the pharmacy a lot and tell us jokes. He will truly be missed. Prayers for Lou and his family.

Jackie Sparks

August 13, 2020

Sorry for your loss Prayers

John C. P. Floyd, MD

August 13, 2020

I moved to town in 2014. Dr. Luton welcomed me as only such an old school surgeon could. I am proud to have gotten to know him if only for a relatively short time. Upon his retirement he gave me his surgical head lamp and said he had some farming to do! I know he got the chance to enjoy some time away from the hectic life medicine can bring. My heart and prayers go out to all of his loved ones.
-John

Melody Belitz

August 13, 2020

Worked with Dr. Luton Sr. and Dr. Luton Jr. for many years . So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to his family.

Martha Dollar

August 13, 2020

Working with Drs. Luton Jr. and Sr. at Cobb Hospital for ten years was so much fun. Norman, as did his father, put his all into his work, caring for his patients with all he had and always treating staff with respect. Our surgery days together were always an adventure and I was sad to leave him and Dr. Weldon when a new opportunity came along for me. We truly had the best two surgeons in Phenix City. So many great memories I will cherish from this great physician, who loved his life and his kids, and his farm. I never pass by his farm that I don't smile and reflect of those days at Cobb.
Praying peace and comfort for his family during this time, knowing that he is gone too soon and will be greatly missed. But, oh the great memories left to share! May the Lord bless you and keep you close in His Loving Arms.

Shannon Scarpaci

August 13, 2020

My first job in nursing was as Dr Luton Jr’s office nurse. He brought me into the OR with him on Fridays. He mentored me AND made me laugh. He was such a huge presence! He loved calling people by their last name. But he couldn’t or wouldn’t say Scarpaci. So he just called me Scar. I have so many wonderful memories of him and the time I spent working in his office. He took care of my family members as if they were his own. And he encouraged my return to school for my RN. Years after I’d moved on he’d see my mother and ask about me and she would tell me every single time. I’ll always remember the kindness and love Dr Luton and Lou showed me. To Lou and family- my heart is truly broken for you all... Thinking of you and sending a prayer of love and peace. - Scar

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Biography

Dr. Norman S. Luton, Jr., of Seale, Alabama completed his journey in this life Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, GA after a brief battle with Covid-19.

Dr. Luton was born May 11, 1946 in Columbus, GA son of the late Dr. Norman S. Luton, Sr. and Kate Durham Luton. He attended Auburn University, was a graduate of The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama School of Medicine. He was Board Certified by The American College of Surgeons, a member of The Southeastern Surgical Congress, The Medical Association State of Alabama, past member of The American Medical Association, Medical Association State of Georgia, Muscogee County Medical Society and The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

He is survived by his devoted wife Sonja Lewis Luton (Lou) of Seale, AL and his 5 children; Douglas Graham Luton of Cookeville, TN; Christan Rae Ann Edwards of Phenix City, AL; Marcus Roy Luton of Phenix City, AL; Robert James Parker and wife Rebecca of Dunwoody, GA; Ashlee Elizabeth Luton of Phenix City, AL; a sister Patricia Murphy, three grandchildren, Gabriel Luton, Corrin Luton and James Luton; Adam Wilson of Phenix City, AL who was like a son to him.

Dr. Luton was a native son to Phenix City, AL and after completing his medical training chose to return home to serve the people of this area. In a manner started by his father he worked tirelessly for the delivery of health care to this community for 36 years. He practiced surgery with the same intense perfectionism that he applied to all parts of his life. His love for animals-including people-was his trademark. In all things in his life; work, hobbies, family and faith he applied the same intense love. His humor and compassion were characteristics that endeared him to patients and medical personnel alike. He believed in his God, his family, his country and in telling the truth in every situation.
While his physical presence will be missed his ideals and exploits will continue in the many "Luton stories" shared by friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Striffler-Hamby Funeral Home, in Phenix City. Masks and social distancing will be observed. The family will be present 1 hour prior to the service for visitation.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Samaritan's Purse, www.samaritanspurse.org

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