Crossville Chronicle January 1, 1942
E C Norvell, 71, Tracy City, died at his home Monday morning after a brief illness. He leaves a wife, one daughter, one brother, a grandson and 3 sisters. Funeral and burial will be Monday.
Mr Norvell had followed the undertaking business in Tracy City for 46 years. He served in the lower house of the Tennessee legislature as a Republican for 3 terms from 1917-1928 after which he refused election again in spite or urgent solicitation of his many friends. He had been coroner of Grundy county for 20 years.
Mr Norvell was a very high type of man and was much admired by the leading members of both political parties. While Grundy county is strongly democratic in politics, he always carried the county by a substantial majority. He did much to improve the condition of the miners at Palmer, and received strong support from them. He was always outspoken to any position he took, but never radical or extreme.
Ernest Campbell Norvell (born December 10, 1870 -died Dec 28, 1941, Tracy City, Tennessee) married October 3, 1897 Ida (Eda) VonBergen (b Sep 17, 1876 -d Jun 13, 1951, Tracy City, Grundy, Tennessee). He was educated in the public schools and became a farmer. He later went into the furniture business and became an undertaker at Tracy City, Grundy County, Tennessee. In 1917, he was elected to the state legislature and served until 1923. He was the only Republican in the US to carry a normally democratic district that year. He sponsored several bills of note: The Norvell Highway Bill, Norvell Two Weeks Pay Bill, and the Norvell Bathhouse Bill. He also was responsible for the repeal of the cigarette law. He went into politics fully in 1926. Additionally, he served as president, secretary, and treasurer of theFuneral Director's Association of Tennessee. In 1935, Ernest Campbell Norvell was operating his furniture and funeral parlor business out of the first floor section of the Masonic Temple on Railroad Avenue. In April of the same year, an arsonist set fire to the business district destroying the Masonic Temple and several other businesses. Although housing the Community House in 1935, Mr. Norvell, having been able to save some of his stock, also moved his funeral supplies to the old church building. He furnished, not only the coffin of your choice, but the shiny black hearse with brushed-to-a-shine black horses to pull one's loved one from the Funeral Home, or personal home, to the cemetery.
From Political Graveyard
Norvell, Ernest Campbell (1870-1941) — of Tennessee. Born in Bedford County, Tenn., December 16, 1870. Republican. Member of Tennessee state house of representatives, 1917-25. Episcopalian . Member, Junior Order; Woodmen ; Odd Fellows. Died, of a cerebral hemorrhage, in Tracy City, Grundy County, Tenn., December 28, 1941. (age 71 years, 12 days). Interment at Tracy City Cemetery, Tracy City, Tenn
Eda Von Bergen Norvell
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