The Rev. Norman L. Fenton, 88, of Granite City passed away at 5:42 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
Norman was born on Oct. 12, 1927, in Sorento, the son of George and Alberta (Green) Fenton.
He and Birdie R. Sykes where married Jan. 8, 1949 at Granite City; she preceded him in death Aug. 5, 2003.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Gail E. Neidhardt; granddaughter, Robin M. Fenton; stepmother, Elsie Fenton; brother, George; and sisters, Darlene, Dodie and Nola Mae.
Norman was a bi-vocational clergy serving the Gateway Conference of the Free Methodist Church for many years. He loved gospel singing and performed with the Unbroken Circle for many years. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 713. He was also a self-employed contractor.
Survivors include daughters, Ronda (husband, Robert) Guffey and Tina Arico, both of Granite City, and Teresa (husband, Kevin) Hale of Pontoon Beach; sons, Dennis (wife, Deborah) Fenton of Greenville, Lonnie Fenton of Flowery Branch, Ga., Walter (wife, Eileen) Fenton of The Woodlands, Texas, and Jody (wife, Dawn) Fenton of Jerseyville; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; uncle, Elmer Fenton; son-in-law, Terry Neidhardt; brother-in-law, Tracy Lakin; sister-in-law, Janice (husband, Glen) Moore; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Hillsboro Free Methodist Church with Pastor Randy Sands officiating. Burial will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. In memory of Norman L. Fenton, memorials are suggested to Greenville College.
Condolences to his family may be left at www.perfettifuneralhome.com.
Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements.