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Bisch Funeral Home

2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Norma Faye Hocking

June 8, 1936June 23, 2020
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Norma Faye Hocking, 84, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center.

She was born on June 8, 1936 in Franklin, IL, the daughter of Norman J. “Happy” and Bessie A. (Bryant) Seymour. She married her high school sweetheart, Wendell E. Hocking, on August 24, 1957 in Franklin, IL. They shared 62 years of marriage.

A 1954 graduate of Franklin High School, Norma worked for Hertzberg New Method Book Bindery in Jacksonville, IL and later worked as a sales associate at Bergner’s in Springfield. She and Wendell attended Wesley UMC and later Kumler UMC. Norma loved listening to Gaither gospel music, spending time with family and friends, and going to the beauty shop. In her free time, she enjoyed bowling, following Lanphier High School basketball, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Always wanting to help those in the community, Norma donated and volunteered at the Kumler UMC Food Pantry.

She is survived by her husband, Wendell, sons, Todd A. Hocking and Trevor K. Hocking, and granddaughter, Ashley Faye Hocking, all of Springfield; her sister, Mary Lou (Robert Smith) Seymour-Smith, of Jacksonville; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Edward F. Seymour and Gary B. Seymour.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, IL, where visitation will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Donald Goodenow and Judy Donley-Henderson. Burial will follow at Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Franklin Cemetery Association or to the Kumler United Methodist Food Pantry.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Andy Seymour
  • Scott Seymour
  • Kevin Hocking
  • Mark Hocking
  • Mark J. Hocking
  • Ronnie Hocking
  • John Whalen
  • Lewis Wallbaum
  • Ben Leak
  • Brian Lay
  • Richard Henry
  • DONATIONS

  • Franklin Cemetery Association
  • Kumler United Methodist Food Bank

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

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Scott Seymour

June 25, 2020

I will leave two great sets, really, of memories: 1) Visiting for many years the Hocking Thanksgiving at the Lion's Club in Franklin, and 2) riding around west-central Illinois with Aunt Norma Faye, Uncle Wendell, and whoever wanted a little outing, and listening to all the stories of places and people of the past. Lots of good tales and remembrances. She had an awesome wit and a wonderful laugh.

Donn Stephens

June 25, 2020

Wendell, I remember many smiles and much laughter at Wesley church....my goodness but that was a long time ago. And yet, the memories of you and Norma are still strong. My prayers are with you, my friend.

Lori Wagner

June 25, 2020

Wendell,

I am so sad to hear that Norma has passed. You had a lot of wonderful years together. She can rest in God's hands now.
Take Care.

Flora Dennison

June 25, 2020

Wendell I’m so sorry for your loss, Norma was a wonderful lady. Always had a smile on her face. I remember all the good times we had at the Contractors Christmas parties.

JAMES SHEARL

June 25, 2020

So sorry to learn of the passing of Norma Faye.
Her life was well lived.

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Biography

Norma Faye Hocking, 84, of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center.

She was born on June 8, 1936 in Franklin, IL, the daughter of Norman J. “Happy” and Bessie A. (Bryant) Seymour. She married her high school sweetheart, Wendell E. Hocking, on August 24, 1957 in Franklin, IL. They shared 62 years of marriage.

A1954 graduate of Franklin High School, Norma worked for Hertzberg New Method Book Bindery in Jacksonville, IL and later worked as a sales associate at Bergner’s in Springfield. She and Wendell attended Wesley UMC and later Kumler UMC. Norma loved listening to Gaither gospel music, spending time with family and friends, and going to the beauty shop. In her free time, she enjoyed bowling, following Lanphier High School basketball, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Always wanting to help those in the community, Norma donated and volunteered at the Kumler UMC Food Pantry.

She is survived by her husband, Wendell, sons, Todd A. Hocking and Trevor K. Hocking, and granddaughter, Ashley Faye Hocking, all of Springfield; her sister, Mary Lou (Robert Smith) Seymour-Smith, of Jacksonville; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Edward F. Seymour and Gary B. Seymour.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, IL, where visitation will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Donald Goodenow and Judy Donley-Henderson. Burial will follow at Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Franklin Cemetery Association or to the Kumler United Methodist Food Pantry.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.