The Rev. Norman Rix Meservey, 84, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021 after a long battle with cancer and now rests in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the son of the late Norman Baldwin and Lydia Rix Meservey.
Norman spent his teenage years in the Boy Scouts receiving the rank of Eagle Scout and the God and Country award. One of his favorite past times was bowling. He served this country in the Army Reserve for six years. Norman sang in the Western Carolina Community Chorus and in the choir at First Baptist Church of Sylva. He received his Doctorate of Music/Organ from Boston University and a Master of Divinity from Episcopal Divinty School Boston at the age of 40. During his career he served in several churches, and locally he served at St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Franklin for 8 years, before retiring from the ministry in 2003. Norman is survived by his wife, Lorie Smith Meservey of 26 years. They were married April 22, 1995 at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin with an attendance of 350 people from as far away as England.
Norman is also survived by three grown children; Elizabeth McCoy, Christopher Meservey and his wife Jen both of Philadelphia and Kevin Meservey and his wife Hanh Tran of London, England; also six grandchildren, Sean, Megan and Molly McCoy of Philadelphia and Leo, Thomas and Alexander of England.
The service will be a Celebration of Norman's life with the Word of God and lots of good music. The service will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Sylva with Dr. Jeff Mathis and Father Jonathan Stepp officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Franklin.
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Meservey family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.
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