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Shirlow Powell

Alfred Shirlowe Powell

04/22/1933 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

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Timothy Wayne Bartholomew

12/11/1951 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

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Betty Jane Jordan

04/23/1927 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/23/2018


Bobby Stuart Ferrell

06/15/1956 ~ 06/19/2018

Services will be held: 06/22/2018


Michael Todd Coleman

04/16/1964 ~ 06/18/2018

Services will be held: 06/26/2018

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Cindy Marie Allen

03/11/1958 ~ 06/18/2018

Services will be held: 06/21/2018

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Ronnie Burton Coats

02/12/1950 ~ 06/15/2018

Services will be held:


Linda Mayo

05/10/1943 ~ 06/15/2018

Services will be held: 06/19/2018

Anita Norton Blackman

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08/14/1937 ~ 05/29/2017

Anita Norton Blackman died peacefully at the Apex home of her daughter, Larisa Gilmore, after a brief illness, on May 29, 2017. She was born on August 14, 1937 in Jefferson County, New York.

Anita held an MS degree from the State University of New York, Oneonta. She taught Home Ec and Life Skills in public schools in New York and Florida for 42 years and  was also a child care trainer for the state of Florida. She retired to Raleigh, NC in 2004, returned to Florida in 2016 for two years before returning to the Raleigh area in March.

In Raleigh, she belonged to the Exchange Club and Garden Club and continued her long-running work with Project Linus and a women’s abuse center. She attended Millbrook Methodist Church.

Anita is survived by a son, Gary James Blackman (Sandi) of New Port Richey, Florida, Anita Lynn Prado of Rockledge, Florida and Larisa Jean Gilmore (David Erdman) of Apex, North Carolina. Surviving grandchildren include Gary Blackman II (Jen), Geoffrey Blackman (Meredith), Tara Blackman, Isabel Prado, Adrianna Prado, Foster Gilmore, Erik Erdman, and Seth Erdman. Anita is also survived by great grandchildren Hannah, Hailey, Hunter, Jordyn, and Justyne. Also surviving her are sister, Gay Norton Edelman, Red Bank, NJ; brothers, Lyle Norton, Nassau, NY and Bruce Norton, Morris, NY.

Arrangements are by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Raleigh on Saturday, June 3, with visitation at 10:30 am and services at 11:30 am. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery will immediately follow. To those who wish to make donations, she suggests the ALS Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.



10:30 - 11:30

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
831 Wake Forest Road

To those who wish to make donations, she suggests the ALS Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.



11:30 am

Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel
831 Wake Forest Road

Interment following at Historic Oakwood Cemetery


  1. Ashley Heitzman

    Anita is also survived by her grand daughter Tara Blackman of New Port Richey, who is the daughter of Anita’s son Gary. Tara is also the mother of Jordan and Justyne.

  2. Mary Scully

    To all the Norton family members; please accept my deepest and sincerest sympathies. Anita was a wonderful friend and will be missed dearly, God Bless. Mary

  3. Kathleen Vess

    Great memories of Anita and family in New Port Richey. Anita’s personality and smile were and will always remain infectious. The Livezey and Vess family sends much love and prayers to the family and friends that knew her best. We will cherish the memories and feel great satisfaction in having been a part of Anita’s life.

    God bless Anita, her family and her friends.
    Kat, Pat, Nat, and Brit Vess ~ aka Livezey sister to Rick, Joe, Cindy, and Lory
    204 Bay Colony Drive, Naperville, IL 60565

  4. Jeannine Eckel

    I have so many memories of all your family, in your home in New York, in the camp in the Adirondacks and in Florida.
    I am so sorry for your loss. My Mom feels it deeply. She was awesome.

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