Dr. Janetta Giles Norman

Dr. Janetta Giles Norman

Dr. Janetta Giles Norman passed away on Monday, February 26th, 2024.  She was one of six children born to Fred and Bessie Giles on October 30, 1930, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Norman grew to adulthood under the policy of segregation.  When the system changed, she was willing to give the New Order a chance.  She maintained that her success as an educator and civic leader was largely due to the influence of involved people who took personal interest in her when society at large did not.  Because of their influence, she went on to earn her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees.

She loved to sing and dance.  At an early age she auditioned for a community show and later featured.  The shows were put on twice a year.  They were called the April Follies and the Twentieth Century Revue.  The follies were in April and the revue was in September.  Charles Singleton, aka Charlie “Hoss” Singleton and Edward J. Norman, aka E. J. “Lawdy” Norman, produced the shows.  She loved show business and until the very end she loved to sing and dance.  However, as she grew older, she met a teacher who inspired her.  She went on to get her education so that she could influence others.  She became the first principal of Darnell Cookman Young Parents School for Teenage Pregnant Girls and later principal of Palm Avenue Exceptional Child Center.

Dr. Norman was the chairperson for the first Urban Core CPAC (Citizens Planning Advisory Council) of the City of Jacksonville.  She earned the Leadership Award for Dedicated Service and Commitment to the growth of the Commission and contributions to the City of Jacksonville from Mayor John Delang.  She was also featured in the book, “Speaking of Florida” by William L. Pohl and John Ames.  She was initiated in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1980.  She was loved and will be greatly missed.

Dr. Norman is survived by her daughters Edwina J. Norman-Salako and Erika J. Norman; grandchildren, Titilola E. Norman-Salako and Kolapo E. Norman-Salako; nieces and nephews, Valerie Giles McCants, Vanessa Giles, Clarence Hunter, Jr., Robert Giles, Cynthia Giles McNeil, Patricia Giles Thompson, Jaceline Giles Shell, Henry William Giles, Jr., Levette Alicea.  Also surviving are a host of grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Dr. Norman is preceded in death by her parents Mr. Fred and Mrs. Bessie Giles; her 3 brothers, Fred “Freddie” Giles, Henry Willam Giles “Buttee”, Joseph John Giles, Wilhelmina Hunter, B. Francina Giles Blount, and her beloved husband Edward Joseph Norman.

Only private family services will be held for Dr. Norman.  Arrangements are under the direction and care of Evergreen Funeral Home, 4535 Main Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32206 – (904) 353-3649.

2 Comments

  • Rita Aningo Posted March 6, 2024 1:04 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. My her soul rest in peace.

  • Donnie Posted March 31, 2024 9:36 am

    She will truly be missed. I loved her like a mother. She lived next door to my grandmother and my mother. All my life I knew husband e. J, Erica and at weina and Ernest. We were like family. I thank God for her time on earth. Just visited her a few months ago, she’s in God hands and care.

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