William Danny Norrell passed away on April 19, 2019, from complications related to surgery.
Dan, as he was known to most of us, was born to Jesse Norrell and Audrey Everitt in a little house off Highway 64 in Canton on Sept. 21, 1944.
After high school, he joined the Navy reserve and went on to serve his country during the Vietnam War. He was a clever, resourceful man who knew the value of diligence and dedication and just how to apply those traits to any challenge.
Though often quiet and introspective, his warm smile and infectious guffaw always brought instant laughter to those around him and his effortless sense of humor allowed him to find amusement in most of life’s moments.
There was the dinner out with friends when, having realized his watch no longer worked, he turned to say with all seriousness, “My watch is dead, I wonder when that happened?”
Or the ski trip in Lake Tahoe when, struggling to prevent a fall, he managed to pull off a rather graceful 360-degree spin while ripping out the backside of his britches, leaving him to make his way down the mountain with a rather breezy derrière. Humor seemed to follow him, and his laughter only helped to spread it among others.
He loved his family deeply, and those of us who walk this earth in his absence will miss him dearly. He leaves behind his sister, Diana Linn Norrell Derry, who always looked up to her big brother.
He is also survived by his two sons, Jared and Adam; two daughters-in-law, Debbie and Jenn; four doting grandchildren, Audrey, Rogan, Heath, and Imogen; and a loving niece, Lori.
A memorial service and celebration for family and friends will be held in Canton at Little Hope Baptist Church at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
A scholarship fund will be set up in Mr. Norrell’s name for students of Lyman Ward Military Academy. If interested in donating, please visit: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/ LymanWardMilitaryAcademytheSo/norrellscholarshipfund.html