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LATTA -- Lieutenant Commander, USNR Retired Annie K. Norton, age 85, died on March 28, 2002 at her home on Cashua Ferry Road near Bingham, S.C.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday March 31 at 3:00 PM at Manning Chapel Methodist Church in Bingham, where she was a long time member, followed by internment in McLeod Cemetery on Cashua Ferry Road. Visitation will be held Saturday evening March 30, between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 PM at the Kannaday Funeral Home on 205 N. Richardson Street, Latta, SC.

Lt.Cdr. Norton was born on January 4, 1917. She was the daughter of Julius McDonald Norton and Sallie May Gilbert. Her four brothers and one sister preceded her in death. They were: Grady G. Norton, J. LaFon Norton, Bertis T. Norton, Thomas C. Norton and Sallie M. (Norton) Hughes.

She is survived by the following nieces and nephews: Donna M. Borders of Davisboro, GA; Shirley A. Coleman of Latta; John F. Hughes of Greenwood; Norton S. Hughes of Latta; Thomas L. Norton of Little Rock; C. Townsend Norton of Darlington; Sallie E. Pittman of Wake Forest, NC; Jackie N. Rowland of Hamer; E. Ann Sealey of Lake View, and Mary L. Stone of Laurinburg, NC.

Lt.Cdr. Norton graduated from Latta High School in June 1934, from nursing training in at the Episcopal Hospital in Washington, DC in April 1936, and from the school of Nursing at the Medial College of South Carolina in Charleston, SC in June 1940. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in October 1944 and served during WWII, Korea, and the Vietnam wars. Her duty stations included: Portsmouth, Virginia; Camp LeJeune, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Oakland, California, Bethesda, Maryland; Argentie, Newfoundland; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Norfolk, Virginia; Yokosuka, Japan; and Beaufort, South Carolina. She left the Navy in 1953 to care for her elderly mother but remained in the Navy Reserves while working as a nurse at Saint Eugene Hospital in Dillon. She returned to active duty in 1959 and retired in December 1974 after 30 years of services. Her remaining years were spent at the family homeplace where she was born.

Submitted by Helen Lane Carmichael, 30 Mar 2002.

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