Norman Glendon Chafin Jr. died after a long illness on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was 70.
He was born in Wilmington on June 19, 1945, son of the late Norman G. “Bill” Chafin and Lurline Keith Chafin Humphrey.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Catherine Waters Chafin; daughters, Mandy Hackler and husband Chip and Christiana McCafferty and husband Eric; granddaughters, Catharine Palmer Hackler, Innie Marie Hackler and James Catherine McCafferty; brother, Alton Chafin and wife Sherry; sister, Jennifer Todd; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Norman was an old salt who loved being outdoors, hunting with his brother and nephew, fishing with friends and spending time on the boat with his three precious granddaughters. He loved telling his grandbabies, “You know what I love most about you? Everything.”
He spent more than 20 years working in NASCAR with drivers Sterling Marlin, A.J. Foyt, Donnie Allison, David Pearson and others. He was a gas man in the days before flame-retardant suits, wearing nothing more than a shirt and blue jeans. Norman had a great sense of humor and loved telling stories (many more than once, but savoring the telling each time). He retired from Quality Welding and Tank and ILA 1766 Clerks and Checkers Union in 2013.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary on Market Street. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at Oakdale Cemetery, with the Rev. Ron Abrams officiating.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that you consider a memorial gift to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or to your favorite charity.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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