Lawrence “Smith” Norton, age 28, of Charlotte, NC, passed away Sunday, June 16, in Charlotte, as a result of a traffic accident. He was the son of Frances and Lawrence Norton of North Myrtle Beach and Bennettsville, SC. Smith is survived by his parents; his sister, Caroline Masser, brother-in-heart Kerry Masser, and niece, Scarlett Rae Masser, all of Seattle, WA., and his Uncle William Wright of Port Frederick, MD.
He is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Wright of Falls Church, VA and paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Smith Norton, Sr. of Clio, SC.
Smith was a 2009 graduate of Annandale High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, where he was a varsity swimmer and varsity soccer player. He was a 2013 graduate of the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksberg, VA with a B.S. in Economics. He was a member of the Division II UMW soccer team.
Smith is lovingly remembered for his outgoing spirit, athleticism, and his love for his fellow man. He swam competitively from the age of three until his senior year in high school. He was a team swimmer, a lifeguard, and a swim coach. Along the way he was an assistant coach for disabled swimmers.
Smith displayed a talent for the soccer pitch from an early age. He played recreational team soccer from the age of four through senior year in high school. After playing travel soccer during high school, he was recruited to play Div. II college soccer at the University of Mary Washington.
Upon graduating in 2013, Smith and three friends rode their bikes from Yorktown, VA to San Francisco, CA to raise money for youth sports.
The next year Smith volunteered to work for Americorps in the American West, supporing national efforts on the border and natural disaster relief efforts.
Smith learned about “Challenge Aspen,” a Colorado group devoted to teaching disabled people to ski. He worked this project for a winter and gained much insight into the human spirit and the ability of the human body to achieve and work around disability.
2017 dawns and Smith realized it was time for him to join the “real world.” After researching, he found his way to True Home Builders in Charlotte, NC. He fit in with this Christian value organization and became a valued employee who worked up to be a professional building estimator.
In lieu of flowers friends may choose to contribute to the Go Fund Me page set up by his Americorps friends to support youth sports in challenged environs. https://www.gofundme.com/celebration-of-our-dear-friend-smith-norton.
A celebration of life will be held 11am Thursday, June 20, 2019 at St. Paul’s Church with a reception following the service. Interment will be held at 11am Friday, June 21, 2019 at Sunset Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be made @ www.bfhbennettsville.com.
Burroughs Funeral Home is honored to assist the Norton family.