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June 8, 2019

The Big Interview - Randy Norton!

As a part of the buildup for the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the graduation of the Class of 1979, the reunion committee is reaching out to find out what has been going on with some of our classmates.
Today’s featured classmate is Randy Norton! 
  1. Randy, where do you live now and where all have you lived since high school?
  1. Joining the Navy in October 1980, I went to Boot Camp in Orlando Florida.
  • After Boot Camp, stationed in Brunswick Maine, I did deployments in Rota Spain, Keflavik Iceland and Bermuda for several months each.
  • During each deployment, the opportunity to travel and work in other countries was often and varied.
  • I’ve been to Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Greece, Germany, Italy and several places in Great Britain and in many other Parts of Europe during the first four years of military service.
  • My second tour of duty was an aircraft engine Instructor at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Florida, for three years.
  • Leaving the Navy in December 1987, I worked at Lockheed-Martin in Greenville SC for three years.
  1. I joined the Air Force in 1990 as a Flight Engineer on the C-141 cargo plane.
  • We travelled Europe, Western Asia and Central America.
  • Supply trips to England, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Italy and other stops took the next three years.
  1. In 1994, I joined the US Postal Service, performing various duties and jobs to present. Currently, I am a maintenance supervisor at the Processing and Distribution Plant in Greenville SC.
  1.  What would you like to tell us about your marital status, and do you have children and/or grandchildren?
Married for twenty-four years now, we have Five sons and ten grandchildren.
  1. What has been your line(s) of work?
Almost always some kind of maintenance.
  1. What is your best memory from high school?
The faithfulness of high school friends.
  1. What were you involved in during high school?
Not much at school. I worked full time.
  1. Who was your favorite or most influential teacher at PHS?
After quitting high school in my junior year, Guidance Counselor Mrs. Crenshaw talked me into coming back. I’ve always appreciated and been thankful of her effort.
  1. If you were to be transported back to high school days what would you do differently?
I don’t know that I’d change a thing. It was a good time for me.
  1. Have you been to any of the reunions before? If so, what are your memories from them?
Seeing former classmates; there were several people that I was very happy to see after all the years.
  1.  What are your hobbies now, or what do you like to do in your spare time?
No hobbies. After work, I relax the best I can, until my heart attacks put me to sleep at night.
  1. Who would you most like to see again at the reunion?
  • My sister.
  • Tammy Durham.
  • Greg Dickard.
  1. Is there anything you would like to share that we haven’t asked?
Out of a class our size, it seems there would be one that could’ve become a football coach good enough to carry on some kind of winning tradition. Has Pickens had a winning season since 1979?
Thanks to Randy for sharing this information with us!



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