ROCK HILL -- Norma Gene Stone Woods of Rock Hill, formerly of Statesboro Ga., passed away on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 in her home after an extended illness. "Miss Norma" as everyone called her, was born in Beaumont, Texas, on March 15, 1935. She attended school in Beaumont and Galveston, Texas and graduated from Continuing High School in San Bernardino, Calif. She also had many hours of continuing education at Lamar Tech, University of Maryland, University of Tennessee and Georgia Southern University. "Miss Norma" graduated from real estate school at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
"Miss Norma" was a retired licensed realtor and worked with commercial and residential as well as student housing sales and property management in Statesboro. She managed the Statesboro Mall and other shopping centers in Statesboro for a number of years. Norma moved to South Carolina in 2001 where she resumed practicing real estate at Queen City Realty while maintaining her license in Georgia until limited by her illness.
During her career, she was a member of the Statesboro Board of Realtors, the National Board of Realtors, Statesboro Exchange Club and several other clubs in Statesboro. Norma was a charter member of Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church. She received several awards, including Real Estate Sales Associate of the Year, and was a member of the Million Dollar Club.
In South Carolina, Norma was a member of the Piedmont Board or Realtors, York Counter Quilters Club, Shepherd Center, Mended Hearts Group and Manchester Creek Community Church. Her favorite activities were sewing and making crafts for family, friends and neighbors. However, her greatest successes in life were her husband, four children and special friends.
Norma was pre-deceased by her mother, Evelyn Easter Y'Barbo and father, Russell William Stone of Beaumont, Texas; her infant sister, Billie Evelyn Stone; and brother, Edgar Travis Stone of Mineral Wells, Texas.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Randall "Randy" Woods of Rock Hill; her daughters Brenda Gayle Wilkes of Summerville, S.C.; Melissa Kay Akins and husband, Tal of Statesboro; and Gena Woods Booker and husband, Tiger of Greensboro, N.C.; and her son, Steven Douglas Garrish and wife, Tammy of Fayetteville, Ark. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Billy and Brandon Fulton; Jessica and Sara Turner; India, Jonathan and Caroline Garrish as well as three great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Katie and Bryce Fulton. She has many nieces, great-nieces, nephews and cousins who survive her in Texas, and is survived by her favorite cousin, Barbara Ellen Smith of Beaumont, Texas and her best friend, Shirley Ray of Statesboro, Ga. Norma loved and cherished all of her family and friends during her lifetime.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro, Ga. will be responsible for funeral arrangements. A visitation is planned for Monday, Nov. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. with funeral services at Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church in Statesboro on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Manchester Creek Community Church, 1689 Springsteen Road, Rock Hill at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 720 N. Main St., Statesboro, GA 30458; The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231-4596; or the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Ste. F #227, 1659 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA 95118-5226.
Friends may sign the online register book at:www.joineranderson.com. Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.