McVEYTOWN - Junior Benton "Jim" Norton, 78, of U.S. Highway 522 South, McVeytown, died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at his home.
Born Dec. 11, 1932, in Shirleysburg, he was a son of the late James Benton Norton and the late Lorma (Johnston) Norton. His wife, Carrol Jane (Moist) Norton, whom he married Nov. 24, 1956, survives.
Also surviving are: two sisters, Louise Forgy Yoder and husband, Clyde, of McVeytown, Erma E. Sowers and husband, Howard, of Newton Hamilton; numerous nieces and nephews; and his favorite little poodle girl, Annie Norton.
A 1950 graduate of Mount Union High School, he served two years in the U.S. Army with the Field Maintenance Engineers of the 23rd Engineer Battalion and was honorably discharged as a corporal.
Employed at Ford-New Holland in Belleville for 13 years, he also owned and operated Nortons Pro Hardware in McVeytown for 24 years and retired from the U.S. Postal Service on June 30, 1993.
Jim was a member of the McVeytown United Methodist Church, the National League of Postmasters of the United States, the Pennsylvania Chapter of Postmasters, the Atkinson Mills Sportsmen's Club, the Nittany Antique Machinery Association and the Country Crossroads Senior Center. He was a life member of both the Mifflin County and Newton Hamilton Historical Societies.
He was a Past Master of McVeytown Lodge 376 F&AM and current President and Director of the Mattawana Cemetery Co., Inc.
Jim enjoyed gardening, woodworking, antique tractors and antique automobiles.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Harshbarger Funeral Home, 3 South Market St., McVeytown, with his brother-in-law, the Rev. Robert Davidson, officiating. Interment will be in Mattawana Cemetery, McVeytown.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Home for Children, 5120 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.