Tennessee Mayor’s Death After ‘Valiant Fight’ Against COVID-19
Tennessee Mayor’s death cause released. Mayor Lonnie Norman has passed away after being hospitalized for coronavirus on October 1. The news was confirmed early Monday morning on his Facebook page.
Norman was elected mayor of the city in Coffee County this year in August, voters chose to award Norman a third term in office, which was to expire in 2024.
The City of Manchester announced the passing of Mayor Norman early Monday morning, declaring he died “after a valiant fight against COVID-19.”
The mayor had been hospitalized Oct. 1 after contracting the virus.
Lonnie Norman was the city’s first Black mayor when he served in 1991.
Norman retired as a supervisor technician from the Arnold Engineering Design Center where he began as a custodian in the 1960s.
Tennessee Mayor’s Death Cause
“With a deep sense of sadness and loss, we announce the passing of Mayor Lonnie Norman after being hospitalized for COVID-19 on October 1, 2020,” the city stated. “Mayor Norman passed away in the early hours of Monday, October 12, 2020, after a valiant fight against COVID-19.”
Like all US mayors around the country, Norman tried to inform his citizens what his city was doing to stop the virus’s spread.
A post from March from Mayor Norman states, “As Mayor, I want to assure you that we are monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it remains everchanging on a daily and hourly basis, and the safety, security, and health of our citizens is my top priority.”
The Manchester news outlet Thunder 1320 AM reported that Mayor Norman tested positive for the virus on October 1st and was immediately hospitalized.
At the time, the city of Manchester released a statement reporting despite restrictions in city hall, many employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Vice Mayor Marilyn Howard had already taken over the duties of mayor.
Coffee County is now experiencing its largest spike in COVID-19 cases along with several rural Tennessee counties. Till now, 2,767 Tennesseans have lost their lives from Coronavirus.