Brianna Kerri Mathis Norton

Saturday, September 3, 1994 - Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A Beautiful and Caring Young Lady

Photo of Brianna Kerri Mathis Norton  - 1994-2024

Brianna Kerri Mathis Norton passed away on May 22, 2024, and was carried home by the angels to her place in Heaven.

She was born September 3, 1994, and this remarkable young lady has left us far too soon at the tender age of 29.

She had made her home in Madison County most of her life among the mountains that she loved.  Brianna was a talented musician and singer and she had the rare gift of being able to play all types of musical instruments. Her beautiful music was a reflection of her soul, touching the hearts of everyone. She was a member of Welcome Home Ministries in Canton.

Brianna was a devoted homemaker who loved planting and gardening and she also found great joy in going fishing in her favorite mountain streams. She enjoyed the thrill of digging for ginseng and embracing the peace, and solace of being in the outdoors. Brianna had an adventurous spirit, and riding motorcycles was one of her favorite pastimes.

As we remember Brianna, we think of her giving spirit and her kind heart. She loved and cherished her family and her sweet presence leaves a void in our lives that cannot be filled. Let us never forget the light that she brought into this world. May we find comfort in knowing her spirit will be a part of us forever and the choice that Brianna made to give the precious gift of life to others by being a donor just exemplifies the caring person she was. She has blessed our hearts and our lives forever.  

She was preceded in death by a child, Canaan Ezekiel Norton.

Left to cherish her memory are her father, Allen Mathis (Sharon) of Candler; her mother, Judy Ann Norton of Asheville; her husband, Michael Norton, Jr. of Asheville; children, Braden Crain of Yancey County, Braelyn Coates of Madison County, Ina Mae “Lana” Coates of Madison County and Dedrick Norton of Buncombe County; sister, Rachael Mathis of Asheville; brothers, Terry Lane Cole II of Buncombe County and Jason Sumner (Jessica) of Arkansas; grandmother, Jackie Gosnell of Michigan; mother-in-law, Crystal Richardson of Douglasville, GA and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A service of remembrance to honor the life of Brianna will be held at 4:00PM on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Welcome Home Ministries. Pastor Sonny Higdon and Pastor Terry Green will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Norton family.

Condolences from family and friends

Brianna will be deeply missed and her memory will remain forever in my heart, until we all are together again ...
Keith Davis
A very beautiful and loving girl could play some wonderful music.I'm so sorry, Allen.So sorry Judy I can only imagine what you're going through my god be with you Love you guys god blessall
Green family
My Heart goes out to Everyone. I know you are now singing with the rest of the Angels. I can't stand to say goodbye so I will just say, See you later.You are already missed so much.We Love you Sweet Cousin. Until we all meet again one Sweet Day in Heaven. Praying for all.
Jennifer Mintz
I meet Breanna,many years ago when she was just a young child .I knew them she was special she was so friendly and a people person she never meet a stranger.Everytime I seen her she always gave me a hug and said I love you .I had a closeness with Breanna she would call and we would talk .I will truly miss this young lady a life taken way to soon .But heaven received a beautiful angel .Gone but not forgotten.
Georgiann Crowe Pope
We are deeply sorry for the heartbreaking loss of Brianna. Though we never met her, the gift of beautiful grandchildren (Braelyn and Lana Coates) wouldn’t have been possible without her, and for that we are grateful. Prayer for family and friends.
Wayne and Leona Hamilton
I will deeply miss you breezy and the memories we made together over the years will forever be in my heart!!! your the reason I’m still here today just being together when we was babies was enough to keep me around I love you and will miss you so much love Kacey Norton!!!
Kacey Norton
I met Brianna when she was living with Crystal and I will never forget her sweet smile when my grandson was visiting. May your family find peace and comfort during such a difficult time. God bless you all!
Renee Morris
Judy and Allen and family I'm so so sorry ..not got to see y'all or her in quite awhile .but y'all have always been part of our lifes for many years .I remember that beautiful blonde little girl when we was neighbors .she always had that beautiful smile on her face .praying for you all .we love you all
Stacy teasley
She had a heart of gold and will be missed. She came in my store a week ago and when she saw me she gave me a hug and we talked about God. Since my daughter passed she was the first to get me to talk about God. Rip Brianna
Dale Buckner
You left us to soon & will be truly missed bye all. You could light up any room when you smiled and sang very loved bye many my prayers are with Michael and family rip breanna love you
Greg Norton & family
She will be truly missed. Her smile would light up a room. Praying for Micheal & the family. May you rest in peace Breanna. Love, Bubba.
Gregory Norton
Brianna has been one of my closest friends the last 7 years, I wish we'd had more time together but the time god gave us I will forever be grateful for. I loved her like family. She was put in my life during a time I needed her most. Her heart was so big and smile was so beautiful. Her voice will forever live in my heart.
Auri Offord
There’s no amount of condolences, nor any amount of I’m sorry’s that will ever fill the void that was left by losing Brianna. For everyone that loved, adored and cared for her, it is a deep deep sorrow we will carry for the rest of our lives. The Lord truly makes us stronger over time by allowing us the strength to deal with the loss of the ones we love, but that feeling of pure empty heartache will never get “better” as some say; nor will it ever go away, it will just come in waves after. Michael, Uncle Allen, Aunt Judy, Rachael, and everyone else whose hurting over this tragedy, I’ll never be able to say I’m sorry enough to ease this pain but I can sure love you through it! Brianna, I know we drifted some over the years, but I was so proud of you! You overcame a lot, and I am so very sorry I never told you that when you were here with us! I really wish time wasn’t such a thief because I would rewind time and be there so much more than I was. I would talk to you more than I did. I would hug you more than I was able to. I would have loved you a whole LOT harder! I am so sorry your life was snatched before it truly had a chance to blossom! I am so sorry you aren’t going to be able to watch your babies continue to grow EVEN more wonderful than they already are! I’m so sorry that the world will never get to hear another song written nor sung by the wonderful “Beowayne!” I’m so sorry you were in so much pain! I’m so sorry the right people weren’t ALWAYS around, which made things harder for you! But most of all, I am so sorry I wasn’t there for you! You deserved the world but the world didn’t deserve you! I will always Love you, and I will FOREVER miss you! Dance with Frog and Angel for me in the Lords garden and I’ll join you as soon as he says it’s my time. I’ll love you forever, I’ll love you for always, as long as I’m living, in my heart you will be! Love Always, Cousin LeeLee
Leaha Higgins
You will be missed I know you're in a better place we will see you again at the gates of heaven you left us way to soon. But you was very special to so many people Mike and the baby will all see you again in heaven love you Darryl Rice
Leslie Rice
Rest in peace my best friend. You was a great person, friend, mother and very talented. You been through a lot in life and I know we had great times in school and when we got together, we'd laugh and you'd play guitar and sing. I hadn't heard from you in the last 2.5 years and been trying to get a hold of you,worried about you then got the info today. Girl you will be missed for sure love you and miss you.
Savannah Stafford (Savannah Ball)
God got a beautiful angel left this world way to soon.BFF
Anthony Maney