Nancy Liles Abernethy Norton, 81, of Wilmington, N.C., passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016.
She was born July 29, 1934, in Gastonia, N.C. to the late Allen Liles and Elizabeth Liles. The family relocated to Wilmington during World War II and thereafter called Wilmington home.
Nancy graduated from New Hanover High School in 1952. After working briefly for the FBI in Washington, D.C., she returned to Wilmington and worked for 10 years at CIT Credit Corp. She then worked for 30 years for Babcock & Wilcox American Crane in Wilmington.
On Aug. 10, 1957, she married William Abernethy. On Sept. 18, 1962, her only child, William Abernethy Jr., was born. Her husband died in August 1974 and her son died in August 2012. She also was preceded in death by her only sibling, Brenda Liles Poole and Brenda’s husband, James L. Poole.
On Sept. 12, 1986, Nancy married W. Ben Norton Jr., who survives her.
Nancy was a longtime member of Long Leaf Baptist Church, where she and Bill were married. They joined Pine Valley Baptist, where she was a member for 53 years.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Pine Valley Baptist Church. Burial followed the service at Oleander Memorial Gardens.