Donald Lavon Norvell, 74, of the Berkeley area of St. Louis, formerly of Marshall, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, Feb. 14, at First Christian Church in Florissant. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Missouri Valley College Athletic Department (football scholarships) or Bennett Springs Church of God in Lebanon.
Born in 1929, he was the stepson of Sue Norvell, who survives of Marshall. He attended grade schools in Marshall. He married Sharon Norvell, who survives of Berkeley. He was a Hall of Fame athlete at Marshall High School, where he graduated in 1948, and Missouri Valley College in Marshall, where, upon returning to Marshall after enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, he played four years of Vikings football under coach Volney Ashford. He graduated from Valley in 1957 and was appointed as head football coach at Slater High School. He then worked as coach at Versailles High School. Later, he moved to Berkeley, a suburb of St. Louis, and served as a high school coach, driver's education and health teacher. He retired from teaching in 1985.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Lynn Gorecki and Susan Warner and husband Jay, both of the Berkeley area; stepchildren, Tracey Townsend and Jason Townsend, both of the Berkeley area; one sister, Arlene Anderson and husband Ed of the Berkeley area; one brother, Lloyd Norvell of the Berkeley area; and two grandchildren, Jordan and Alex Townsend of the Berkeley area.
Additional information provided per family recompense.