In the early morning hours of April 10, 2018, Patsy Porter Norman, through the Grace of her Lord, Jesus Christ, won her battle with multiple sclerosis. Patsy was born on March 18, 1956, in Cleveland County, the first daughter of Martha Crocker Porter of Shelby and the late Joe Ben Porter. As the oldest of 5 girls, Patsy brightened the house and led her sisters through the Beatles, Supremes, Monkees, and Teen Beat Magazine. From Iodine and baby oil for tanning, to the proper way to apply Sun-In to your hair for the "perfect" highlights, Patsy taught her sisters well. She blazed the trail for the other girls- first to drive, first to date, first to graduate, and now, first to see Jesus. She was a very bright and talented writer. Patsy loved playing the guitar and singing. She loved her friends and spent countless hours talking on the phone with them. Patsy considered her son, Jeremy, her greatest accomplishment in life and loved him with all her heart. He was her biggest fan and she loved to play and sing for him, when he was small. She was thrilled with the birth of her grandchildren and loved Stephanie, Jeremy's wife, as if she were her own. Patsy was beautiful, with a spirit to match and brightened the lives of all who knew her. She loved her many nieces and nephews and made a special effort to make them smile. Manicures, tea parties, rodeos and all things fun are what Patsy wanted them to experience. As her disease progressed, Patsy's mother became her best friend and "Partner in Crime". Patsy was content to sit with her mother for hours, holding her hand. No words were necessary for the special bond that they shared. Patsy was a dedicated advocate in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. She led the local M.S. support group in their fight against this debilitating disease and loved sharing with other members of the group in their quest to find a cure.
In addition to her mother, Martha Porter, Patsy is survived by her son, Jeremy Snyder and wife, Stephanie of Mebane; two grandchildren, Porter Snyder and Kennedy Snyder; four sisters, Judy Allen (Kevin), Kathy Gamble (Bill), Brinda Haynes (Johnny), and Linda Murray (Scott) all of Shelby; nieces and nephews, Meredith Allen, Cody Allen, Austin Allen (Stephanie), Natalie Gamble, Justin Gamble, Shawntay Lantz; and many great nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Buffalo Baptist Church, with Rev. Macky Turner officiating. The family will receive friends an hour before the service from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
Memorials can be made to: National M.S. Society, 9801 Southern Pine Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Ms. Norman.
Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com