By CHRISTIN COYNE
Whether it was playing baseball with his family in the yard, fishing, playing Upwards soccer or performing with his school orchestra, 10-year-old Haven Norton was a happy child who spread joy to those around him.
That’s what family and friends of the Springtown-area boy, run over by a school bus May 13, recalled during a memorial service Monday afternoon at Country Cowboy Church near Breckenridge.
Families, including many young children around Haven’s age, Springtown ISD representatives, church members and others filled and overflowed the sanctuary.
Born in Modesto, Calif., Haven had nearly finished his fourth grade year at Springtown Elementary when he was run over after falling while trying to catch a school bus in front of his house on Hilltop Meadows Drive.
Those who spoke during the service mentioned his love for the San Franscisco 49ers, rodeos and upbeat songs.
“The thought of him not being here is unbelievable,” Janet McCorry, the boy’s grandmother said.
McCorry remembered Haven’s love for music, saying she would miss him asking her to turn it up.
“You’re in all our hearts and I love you and miss you, little man,” McCorry said.
Haven’s mother, Shannon Norton, spoke of how her son helped her through the good times and hard times.
Though she would never understand why, she would always remember him, Norton said.
Gary Wagener, pastor of Country Cowboy Church, remembered how Haven was eager to try it again after falling off a Shetland pony at church.
“That was Haven,” Wagener said. “He was ready to get back on.”
Wagener said he baptized Haven a few months earlier after the boy became a Christian.
“He understood everything about it and he was ready,” Wagener said.
A fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Haven’s name to help the family with expenses. A benefit, including a dinner, silent auction and music, to help the family has also been scheduled for May 26th at 12:30 p.m. at Branded Cross Cowboy Church in Boyd.