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Mayor Lonnie J. Norman: Tennessee Mayor Dies of Covid-19

By Kimberley Blair Pleasant

Mayor Lonnie J. Norman was dedicated to his small town of Manchester, Tennessee. Before entering politics he spent 40 years with Arnold Engineering Development Complex, he retired as a technician supervisor. In 1984, he entered public office and in 1991, Mr. Lonnie J. Norman became the first black Mayor of Manchester, Tennessee. His friends and neighbors returned him to the Mayor’s office four times, an act of trust for which he was immensely grateful. In his numerous campaigns for public office, he never lost a political race.

Mayor Norman helped to sponsor the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival which host between 70,000-100,000 people every year since 2002, except for this year because it was canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Norman was hospitalized earlier this month after contracting Covid-19. He died Monday October 12, 2020, from complication of the disease. Mayor Norman J. Norman was loved by many and will be missed dearly. He loved his hometown and they loved him. He was 79 years old.

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