Linda Norris Simons
October 5, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Linda Norris Simons announces her sudden passing on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the age of 71. Linda will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 23 years, Robert, and her daughter, Angela Walker. Linda will also be remembered with deepest affection by her grandsons, Alan Taylor (Amy) and William Bunton (Bobbye), along with her brother, James Norris (Becky) and sister, Patricia Garber (Michael). Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Stone, and her parents, Eldridge and Elna Norris. Born in Caledonia, MS, on July 31, 1947, Linda moved frequently in her childhood due to her father’s military career. She met her first husband while attending Valdosta State Teachers’ College. After her parents retired to Caledonia, Linda and her family relocated to Columbus. She completed her degree in education at Mississippi State College for Women ( now MUW). She was an educator in the Columbus Public School System for over 30 years. Linda began her teaching career at Hughes Elementary School. Her last years of teaching were at Hunt Middle School. After gaining professional experience, she frequently served as a supervising teacher for student teachers from MUW. Linda was beloved by her students. She was the quintessential teacher, working long hours and often providing materials from her own resources for those students lacking supplies. Even in death, Linda sought to extend educational opportunities for students. She donated her body to medical research. Her family is holding a private memorial to celebrate her life. Memorial donations to honor Linda’s life may be made to the 529 college savings plan for her beloved great-granddaughter, Chloe Nicole Bunton, at Mississippi Affordable College Savings, P.O. Box 44038, Jacksonville, FL 32231.