Norma Knier

Norma Narramore Wilson Knier, 70, of Signal Mountain, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014. She was born Norma Catherine Smith to her parents, Cecil T. Smith, of Nicholson, Ga., and Catherine Hartman, of Dunlap, Tenn. She was raised and lived almost her entire life on County Line Road in Signal Mountain, Tenn.. Survivors include her husband, Gilbert Knier; sons, Thad (Janice) Narramore, of Soddy Daisy and Phillip (Christy) Narramore, of Signal Mountain; grandchildren, Dillon, Logan and Montana Narramore; Zachary and Madison Stephens, and Travis Dawson; several great-grandchildren; and brother, Martin (Jo) Smith, of Signal Mountain. She also had grown step-children, grandchildren and great-grand-children through her husband, Gilbert Knier. She was previously married to the late Dr. Robert "Rock" Wilson, geology professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Norma also had many cousins in the Hartman and Smith families with whom she enjoyed close relationships and frequent reunions. She was one of many musical Hartmans, playing piano for her uncles, The Hartman Brothers ("The Bald Eagles") western and gospel music singers, and making several recordings with them, her cousin organist Wendel Hartman, the Elkins Family singers and others. Norma was a 1961 graduate of Red Bank High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music and her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She taught music in several Hamilton County Schools for 10 years and was an elementary school counselor for 15 years, most notably at Thrasher and Nolan schools on Signal Mountain. She retired in 2005. A noted church and southern gospel pianist, Norma played at churches including First Nazarene, Ridgeview Baptist, First Baptist Dunlap, Mount Carmel Baptist, Calvary Bible, Stanley Independent Baptist and Delashmitt Road Baptist Churches, among others. She also played piano for several Baptist evangelists over the years, notably the late Dr. Gene Winfrey. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 6 from 3-9 p.m. and again on Wednesday, May 7 from 11 a.m. prior to the memorial service and Homegoing Celebration which will be held at 1 p.m. at Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, with the Rev. Chris Ehlers of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be on Friday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to D & D Missionary Homes, 4020 58th Avenue N., St Petersburg, FL 33714, 727-522-0522 or www.ddmissionary.com. Call 877-3524 for information and visit www.lanefh.com to share condolences.

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