Norma Jeanne Fulghum-Frey

Norma Frey of Destin, Fla., went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, at 10:10 a.m. Aug. 11, 2013, at age 84. She had suffered with difficult health the past few years, but after a rapid decline in early July, she succumbed to her illnesses.

Norma, talented in both singing and art, graced everyone she met with her beautiful voice, charming personality, and shared with many her prized oil paintings.

In the 40's, she sang on live radio, in Memphis, Tenn., her home town. She was a class of '47 graduate of Southside High School and went on to sing as the leading lady in several seasons of the Memphis Open Air Theater stage productions, the MOAT, in the 50's and 60's. She even boasted singing with Elvis Presley and for Billy Graham on one of his visits to Memphis, in the 60's.

In 1976, she married Captain Joe Harold Frey, who was deceased in 2005. They moved to Fort Walton Beach in the early '80's, until he retired from Southern Airways, when they relocated to Destin in the '90's. Until recent years, Norma was a soloist in her church choir, at First Presbyterian of Fort Walton Beach, but retired from singing after open heart surgery 10 years ago.

She continued to entertain patrons with a song every Monday night at Pepito's Mexican restaurant in Destin, as well as the folks at the Destin Walmart during her weekly shopping trip even despite her failing health. Her lovely voice will be missed by all.

Norma was sister to Charles N. Fulghum, Jr., daughter of Voris LaVerne and Charles Neely Fulghum, all deceased, and is survived by her daughter, Megan Charles, and grandson, Mason, of Alabama.

Frederick-Dean Funeral Home of Opelika, Ala., handled the arrangements for the family.

Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Rd. NE in Fort Walton Beach, to honor her and celebrate her life with family and friends.

Any and all donations please send to the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.