Edward Norman Carruth – Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Edward Norman Carruth, a longtime resident of the Roland Park community in Norfolk, Virginia, died February 8, 2001, at the age of 83.

Norman was retired from the U.S. Navy and the Virginia Beach Public School System. He was a Master Mason and a charter member of the Western Branch Lodge 189 of Portsmouth.

Norman was born on May 17, 1017 in Johnston Station, Mississippi. He joined the Navy after high school and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander before his retirement in 1958. Norman was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was serving aboard the USS Maryland at the time of the attack.

After retiring from the Navy, Norman returned to school and received a degree in industrial arts from the Norfolk College of William and Mary. He was employed by the Virginia Beach School System as a teacher until he retired in 1982.

Norman was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Sarah Elizabeth (Buff) Roberts; his parents, Leon and Mary Carruth of McComb, Miss.; a sister, Doris Gatlin of McComb; and brother, Sam Carruth of Brookhaven, Miss.

He is survived by a sister, Louise Moak of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; a brother, Larry (Patsy) Carruth of Wausau, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Mary Carruth of Brookhaven, Miss.; and a number of nieces and nephews as well as many other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery for both Norman and his wife, Elizabeth on Tuesday, February 20 at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Alzheimer's Association.


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