His family counted a new recreation complex, a soccer field, improvements to parks and infrastructure and advocacy for rural hospitals among his many achievements.
One of his proudest accomplishments was his role as a friend and supporter of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which began in 2002 and is now one of the most popular summer music festivals in the nation.
Tens of thousands of people flock to the town of about 11,000 each year for four days of concerts and camping on a 700-acre farm. This year’s festival was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and new dates have been set for September 2021.
Norman’s family asked for donations to the Bonnaroo Works Fund, the festival’s charitable arm, and the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of flowers, a sign of his dedication to the community.
Never lost a political race
Norman spent four decades with the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, before entering public office in 1984.
“In his numerous campaigns for public office, he never lost a political race,” his family said. “He loved his hometown and they loved him.”
His family urged the public to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.
“COVID-19 is … real and it took our beloved Lonnie Norman from us. To his fellow public officials, we say please remember your duty to keep the public safe,” they added.
“To our fellow citizens, we say please wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and protect public health and each other. We are all in this together.”