Ruth Gaynelle Norton
1936 — 2020
Ruth Gaynelle Norton (nee McBee) passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 in the morning at Johnson City Medical Center. During the last year of her life, she was under the care of the dedicated nurses and staff at Governors Bend Assisted Living Center in Erwin, Tennessee. She is survived by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 54 years, retired U. S. Army Lt. Col. William Norton, Jr. They met as children in Beaufort, South Carolina at the Parris Island Marine Corp Base where their fathers worked. They remained devoted partners all their lives and shared many adventures. As a child, Ruth studied ballet and art, and attended St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Beaufort. She later...