Joe M. Norwood, Sr., 95, of Waverly, Tenn., passed away at Waverly Healthcare, on April 6, 2019. Joe went to join the love of his life Dortha (Dot) Nelle Lovett Norwood in heaven so that they could get back to bowling, fishing and watching the Cubs and Brewers on the TV.

Joe was born in Hardin, Ky., on Feb. 8, 1924 to Connie B. and Colla Lee (nee Nelson) Norwood.

Proud World War II Veteran, from 1943 to 1946, Joe was in the Navy on the U.S.S. Parker as a Gunner’s Mate. On March 16, 1946 in Missouri, Joe married the love of his life, Dortha Nelle Lovett. They went on to have seven children, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Joe loved bowling, fishing, watching the Cubs and Brewers on TV and was a big fan of the TV show Hee Haw. He worked for Ford Motor Company in Michigan and American Motors in Kenosha. After his retirement he worked with his good friend Don helping him build garages or repair anything that needed repairing. He also worked with his daughters Lee and Cheryl at Dot’s Place, Waterford. He was the best utensil roller and dishwasher they had!!

Joe is survived by his five loving children, June (Red) Leisky, Waverly, Tenn., Dory (Mark) Weis, Burlington, Cheryl (Bill) Gapko, Waverly, Tenn., Joe M. (Laurie) Norwood, Jr., Burlington, and Lee Rehberg, Burlington; 12 loving grandchildren, Mike (Gina) Reeves, Kenosha, Danny (Sarah), Reeves, Quinton, Va., Jeana (John) Swanson, Lyons, Marcia (Brett) Abramowski, Franklin, Trisha (Ryan) Peterson, Salem, Krista (Artie Nabor) Weis, Burlington, Stevie Norwood, Burlington, Chris (Brittany Lathe), Tyler and Sarah Norwood, Burlington, Josh and Timmy Rehberg, Burlington; and 19 loving great-grandchildren, Andy, Samantha, Noah, Amanda and Noah Reeves, Calvin, Elisa and Joyanna Reeves, Daniel and Gwen Swanson, Logan, Brayden and Addison Abramowski, Easton and Evy Peterson, Kaylee Norwood, Veda Dawson Rehberg, Maddie Rehberg and Noah Norwood. He is further survived by sister Agnes Nimmo; sister-in-law Norma Jean Gregory, nephew Bobbie Gregory, nieces Trisha Gildersleeves, Carolyn (Richard) Wallaces, Theresa Lovett and many, many friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife Dortha Nelle Lovett Norwood, his parents, father and mother-in-law George and Ola Lovett, infant son Joel Norwood, infant daughter Ronda Norwood, brother-in-law Louis Nimmo, infant nephew Nimmo, brother-in-law Glynn (Tommy) Lovett and brother-in-law Robert Gregory.

Graveside services were held at Fairdealing Church of Christ in Kentucky on April 11, 2019

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society in honor of his wife Dortha Nelle Norwood.

Collier’s Funeral Home of Benton, Ky. is serving the family. Well-wishers may visit