LEXINGTON: Norton "Sonny" Lee Southard, 58, of Lexington, Ohio died Monday, July 30, 2012 at his home, following a lengthy illness.
Norton was born June 26, 1954, in Mansfield, Ohio to Charles L Southard and Shirley A. Parlette.
He attended Madison High School and was a truck driver for Golden Hawk of Crestline, Ohio.
He was an avid race car driver, fisherman and hunter with his three beloved beagles. He enjoyed riding his Harley, and enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest every day. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his loving wife, Penny Southard.
They had celebrated 33 years together this past February. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Lori Jo Southard, Ankneytown, and her children; one son, Bruce Lee Southard of Lexington, Ohio and his daughter Riley Southard; his mother, Shirley Parlette of Mansfield, Ohio; one brother, Rex (Beth) Southard; three sisters, Colby Burkhart and John Leedy, Dana (Vic) Shenberger, and Bobbie (Shawn) McNamara; two nieces, Thunder Burkhart and Sharley (Lee) Foster and their daughter, Lilly Foster and Hannah Shenberger; and three nephews, Ethan Southard, Hunter McNamara, and Noah McNamara.
Norton was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, James and Lilly Southard and Leonard and Dorthy Johnson; one uncle, James Walter Southard; and one nephew, Brandon Drake.
According to Norton's wishes, he is going to be cremated. Family and friends may celebrate his life on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Little Washington Congregational Church, 2323 Washington S. Rd. (corner of Hanley and Washington S. Rd).
Family is requesting casual attire.
The church will be open for food donations on Friday afternoon and Saturday. Werner-Gompf Funeral Services ltd, 1106 Park Ave. East, Mansfield, Ohio is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at the church to the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.wernergompf.com