OBITUARY

Norma Johnson Proctor

October 24, 1928May 28, 2021

On May 28th, 2021, Norma Dail Johnson Proctor went Home to be with her Lord and Savior. She is finally in the presence of Jesus and for that, we could not be any more thankful. Norma was born on October 24th, 1928, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to Theodore and Lettie Johnson. At a young age, her family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, and it was there she later met the love of her life, Gene Proctor. They created a family and a life in Raleigh, and through that she touched many lives with her sweet nature, kindness, and sense of humor.

Norma loved bowling and traveled the United States playing in bowling tournaments with Gene while also acting as the secretary for the women's bowling league and as a director of the Raleigh Women’s Bowling Association. Norma always enjoyed sports, especially watching NC State football and basketball, PGA tournaments, and professional tennis. She was actively involved in her local church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, with the children’s ministry and GA’s. It was there that she learned the importance of prayer and how life changing it could be. If there was ever a need, she was ready with her prayer list in hand.

You could always catch Norma and Gene “cutting a rug” while doing the jitterbug and listening to music in the living room with their four kids giggling in the background. Norma enjoyed nature, especially the beach and ocean, but she genuinely loved feeding her birds, squirrels, and chipmunks in the back yard each day. It was at their home that all felt welcome, and their door was always open to anyone who walked through it. In that home, friends truly became family.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband Gene (they would have celebrated 75 years of marriage this year!); her son Carl; her parents, Theodore and Lettie Johnson; and her sister, Barbara. As the matriarch of our family, she is survived by loved ones who absolutely adored her. Norma is survived by her brother Donald Johnson; her brother Kenneth Johnson (Bob); daughter Virginia Wallin (Clark); daughter Peggy Proctor; son Paul Proctor; and special son, Michael Stegall (Darrell). Grandchildren to Nanny include, Carl Wallin (Katie); Laurel Huntingford (Matt); Natalyn Bachek (Kenny), and Bryan Churchwell. Great-grandchildren and the sparkle of her eye include, Skylar, Kaden, Bella, Mattie, Greyson, Sienna, and soon-to-be Baby Girl Wallin.

A sincere thank you goes to the UNC Rex 4th floor staff and chaplains who were so compassionate to our precious Norma and provided her with excellent, loving care.

There will not be a day that goes by that we will not think of her and remember all of the ways her sweet spirit touched each of our lives. Her kindness, wisdom, and gentle spirit were so contagious, and we will strive to be more like her to carry on her legacy. She was truly an angel placed into each of our lives and, now Heaven has a great new addition.

We love you Norma, Momma, and Nanny. A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.

Graveside service will be held at Montlawn Memorial Park on Saturday, June 19th at 11am. A gathering will be held directly after the service for a time of sharing memories and refreshments.

Memorials may be sent to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 8304 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh.

Services

19 June

Graveside Service

11:00 am

Montlawn Memorial Park

2911 S Wilmington St
Raleigh, NC 27603

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Leigh Wilson

June 9, 2021

My sympathy to all of the Proctor family. Seeing Mrs. Proctor's sweet and beautiful face just as I remember her brought back so many warm and wonderful memories of time spent in the Proctor home so many years ago. She made everyone feel welcome, and it was always a happy place to spend time with Ginny. Welcoming, smiling, active, and gracious - what a special lady!

Leigh Lesesne Wilson

Marie-Lise Chopin

June 7, 2021

Norma and Gene welcomed me in 1979 with such generosity, kindness and love that forty years later, the three weeks spent at their home remain one of my greatest youth memories. Norma was a beautiful and good person and I loved her sincerely. I am crying to have lost her but I am delighted to have known her.
Rest in peace, gentle Norma.
Very affectionately.
Marie-Lise from Paris

Mike Gregory

June 6, 2021

I first met Gene and Norma when Michael Stegall took me to visit his friend, Peggy and her family. I have good memories of playing card games at the dining room table, going midnight bowling and then going to a late night diner(I have forgotten the name of the diner-I'm sure it is no longer there) to have eggs, pancakes hashbrowns etc afterwards. There was always a candy jar on the coffee table. Norma and Gene always made me feel welcome.

David Knight

June 6, 2021

Growing up in Raleigh I spent more time at the Proctors house than I did at home. Your Mother was always there to welcome me and never sent me home. She was a special mom to me. Although I have lost touch with the family over the years, I still think of them often.

Michael Stegall

June 3, 2021

I will truly miss my second mother. There are no words to describe what she has meant to me the last 55 years. The Proctor Family has been my second family and has always been there for me. I have been truly blessed to have had Gene, Norma, and the entire family in my life.

Love Michael

Lynn (Wilson) Greenwood

June 2, 2021

As teenagers we were always welcome at the Proctor house. There was always something going on with the kids in and out and Paul’s band practicing in the garage. Norma and Gene loved being surrounded by kids in the house and it was always a fun place to hang out. I have very fond memories of those days.

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Gene, Norma, and Carl

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Ready for church- Carl, Gene, Paul, Ginny

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Norma, Peggy, Ginny

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Natalyn, Ginny holding Sienna & Nanny