Norma Hart Killough

August 18, 1925January 9, 2020

Funeral services for Norma Hart Killough, 94, of Tyler are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 in the chapel of Lloyd James Funeral Home with Dr. Dan W. Cozart officiating. Burial will follow at the Cathedral in the Pines.

Norma passed away on January 9, 2020 in Tyler.

She was born on August 18, 1925 in Dallas to the late Charles and Ethel Sharp Hood. Norma gave her life to Jesus at the age of seven. She met her first husband when she was sixteen and helped form the Musical Harts, Evangelists who traveled across the United States. During this time, she helped produce hymn/song books for the Musical Harts. She married her second husband in 1958. Norma worked at the International Prison Ministry from 1980 to 2005. She was a lifelong Democrat and avid supporter of the ASPCA. She was a Notable Woman of Texas 1984-1985 and Who's Who in the South and Southwest in 1986-1987 and a member and musician at Grace Baptist Church in Tyler.

Norma is survived by her daughter Melody Darlin Hart; grandson Semie Ray Hart; granddaughter Bridgett Hart; great-grandsons Jonathan Hart and Jeramiah Hart and great-granddaughter Rebecca Hart. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Doyle L. Hart; second husband Joe Burns Killough and son LaDolle Gene Hart.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Lloyd James Funeral Home.

Flowers may be sent to Lloyd James Funeral Home and memorials may be made in Norma's honor to the ASPCA.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Services Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 17, 2020


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Jonathan Hart

January 19, 2020

My most favorite memory is the time you and me and my Dad spent a whole day together. We went to the zoo and a old time house museum. The house was closed but we got to look inside the windows. We also had fun with your dog Baby. I will miss you a lot but I know you are in Heaven with God so you are happy forever. I love you very much.

Semie Hart

January 19, 2020

I will always remember you as a strong and independent woman (you were a strong, independent woman long before being a strong, independent woman was culturally encouraged or celebrated). But you were also a humble, obedient follower of Christ, and you loved serving others. You're a great Christian and I know you are alive with our Lord God. Thank you for all you did for me, taught me, and for what you meant to me. I love you Grandmother.

Carmen Orinoco-Hart

January 17, 2020

Great love exist between Mother Norma and her son, my late beloved husband,
La Dolle, through eternity. Woven in that love, I abide. I love you much Mother Norma. Your kind, charming and encouraging words will always live in my heart.

Bridgett Hart

January 17, 2020

I love you and will see you again in Heaven.
Your Granddaughter,

Anita Catrico

January 14, 2020

Did not know this lovely lady, but have been friends with Melody for several years and know that her loss will be great. Prayers for all the family.

Melody Hart

January 14, 2020

My mother was my best friend! I have lost a Great Lady and she was one of the best musicians that I have ever heard. She loved the Lord with all her heart and know that she is in Heaven playing a harp right now. When she was laying on that bed dying I told her how much I loved her and with all her might she got out I love you Melody. That was the last words she ever said and I will always remember . To a great lady my Mother Norma Hart

Lanell Connell

January 13, 2020

Norma was a very special friend. She and I shared a love of southern gospel music. She was without a doubt one of the best organist I have ever known. I had the priviledge of playing with her in church for a number of years. I
will always cherish those times plus appreciate all the things she taught me. The music world has lost a great one! I loved her dearly,