Robert Bruce Norwood, age 77, of Blaine Norwood Road, Banner Elk, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville.

Mr. Norwood was born December 12, 1936 in Avery County, a son of the late Blaine Woodrow Norwood and Beulah Shook Norwood.

He was a retired mechanic and truck driver and a member of White Rock Baptist Church.


Mr. Norwood is survived by two daughters, Loretta Ruppard and husband Frankie, and Angela Simmons, all of Banner Elk; four grandchildren, Randall Ruppard and wife Sarah, Russell Ruppard, Myra Simmons, and Jayden Simmons, all of Banner Elk; two great-grandchildren, Blaine and Gideon Ruppard, both of Banner Elk, and one sister, Ruby Coffey and husband Ray of Newland.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jean Ruppard Norwood.

Funeral services for Robert Bruce Norwood will be conducted Saturday afternoon, March 1, 2014, at 2:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Lynn Shook. Burial will follow in the White Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to the Norwood family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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