Norman Allen Wymbs

Born: Fri., Dec. 27, 1929
Died: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019


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Mr. Norman Allen Wymbs, age 90, of Waycross, passed away Friday morning (12/27/19) at his residence surrounded by his family.

Born December 27, 1929 in Red Bank, New Jersey, he was a son of the late Edgar Allen and Margaret Lamberson Wymbs.  He was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy.

A Jersey boy with a dream to be a cowboy, moved west to pursue those dreams.  He was an adventurous soul he traveled by what means were available, mostly hitchhiked. He landed several ranch positions & supplemented his income with his other trade as a commercial painter.  He missed his sweetheart Anne & returned to the East Coast.  Married in 1954 had two children over the next few years.  Norman & family returned to the west and had two more children and raised his family.  Norman joined the Bisbee Fire Department in 1961.  He became the Fire Chief for the City of Bisbee, Arizona in 1977 and retired in 1985 following 24 years of service. As a certified Fire Inspector Norman also served as the City's Fire Marshall from 1982-1996.  In November 1984, he was honored with the exchange of shoulder patches of a fellow serviceman, a Captain of the Tokyo, Japan’s Fire Department.

Following retirement, he served as a city councilman for the city of Bisbee from 1986 to 1990, receiving numerous certificates of appreciation for his dedication and leadership in the community.    

He also served as President of the Vehelst Recovery House in Bisbee. Norman was strategic in obtaining grants for projects he was passionate about.  One close to his heart was the grant for the senior Citzens building & parking lot & bus to transport the seniors on trips to nearby cities.

He & Anne moved to Waycross in 2003 to be near his family due to health complications.

Norman will always be remembered as the “Cowboy” who did it his way.  His stories will be forever embedded in all the hearts & minds of those who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Tradelius Wymbs; and 2 sisters, Janet Bocchino and Helen Frable.

Survivors include his 2 daughters: Nancy Wymbs of Waycross, GA and Linda Marie Wymbs  (Luke)of Indian, Alaska; 2 sons: Norman R. Wymbs of Waycross and Richard Wymbs, (wife Loretta) of Waycross; 8 grandchildren: Aubrey Mulligan (husband Jeremiah) of St. Augustine, FL,  Patrick Hillier, (wife Anne) Tucson AZ;  Rojeana Wymbs of Laughlin, AZ; Frankie Ann Wymbs of Phoenix, AZ; Norma Jean Wymbs of Ft. Mohave, AZ, Zolia Stevens, ( husband Adam) Christopher Wymbs (wife Samantha), Tusson, Az, Wayne Wymbs, Tucson, Az and 17 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; his special friend, Ed Cane of Waycross; and several  special nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Per his wishes, no public service will be held. A private family gathering will take place at a later time at Parker Lake in Arizona, a place he held close to his heart due to his many memories fishing and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and many friends.

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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

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Mary & Jim Halasa
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
Nancy: so sorry to hear of your dad's passing recently and we hope your family is ok during their sadness.

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