Norman H. Dabbs, Jr., age 74, of Marshall, MI, passed away peacefully at home after a battle with an aggressive cancer on Monday, March 11, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cartersville, GA on December 14, 1944, the son of Norman H. and Ovalee J. (McBee) Dabbs, Sr. Norman graduated from Cartersville High School in 1963 as a multisport All-American Athlete and went on to play one season of college baseball at the University of Georgia. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He accomplished many trainings within his service time including Special Forces.
Norman married the love of his life, Mary E. Tidey in 1975, and together they had two children. He enjoyed entrepreneurship as he founded a coffee vending company, Roswell Coffee Service, Inc. while living in Georgia. Once living in Marshall Michigan, he again founded his own business General Delivery Service and Installation, Inc. He also served as a business partner and mentor to his son-in- law in the development of Hole-shot Logistics, Inc. Norman loved playing golf and was a member of Marshall Country Club for 26 years. He and Mary had many hobbies they enjoyed together including family time on their sailboat and neighborhood pool while in Georgia. Antiquing for head vases on road trips, and often going to the movies and trying new restaurants.
Norman was always active working on things around his home. While he did anything, he loved listening to music. Norman enjoyed having a good time, especially with his family. As his children were growing up, he coached many of their little league baseball and softball teams. He actively supported anything his children wanted to do throughout their lives. He loved watching the Lions, Tigers, Pistons, Patriots, Lakers and the Atlanta Braves.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Mary of 43 years; children, Ginger (Robert) Harbin of Marshall, Norman (Bruna Velloso) Dabbs of Aspen, CO; grandchildren, Stella, Lilah and Ava Harbin; brother, Gary (Beth) Guyton of Texas; aunt, Shirley Martin of Georgia; and cousin, Charles Adams of Georgia. Norman was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Hugh “Moose” Guyton.
Family will receive friends at Kempf Funeral & Cremation Service, Marshall on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1:00pm with Pastor Shawn Loughrige officiating. Cremation will follow services. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be directed to Crossroads Church & Ministries, 717 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068. Friends may send condolences or share a memory at www.kempffuneralhome.com.