Norman W. "Ole Norm" Canoy

  • Born: May 14, 1935
  • Died: October 10, 2021
  • Location: Central, South Carolina

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory

108 Cross Creek Road
Central, SC 29630
Tel. (864) 639-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Norman Wilson Canoy "Ole Norm", climbed up the eternal tree stand to sit with Christ Sunday, October 10, 2021, he was 86 years old. He left this world from his home on his farm in Central, SC, with his beloved wife of 26 years and tireless caregiver, Kathryn," Mema," Long Canoy, by his side.

Born is Sophia, NC on May 14, 1935, he was the son of the late Edgar Wilson Canoy and the late Reba Mae Farlow Canoy Killingsworth. Norman attended Greensboro Senior High School where he earned the nickname, Rooster, as he commanded the football team as an offensive lineman. He played in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl as a senior, and in 1953, left for Clemson University on a full football scholarship.

While in college, Norman met Oneida, "Nita," Newton Canoy at a Clemson football game. Later the two married, and moved back to Greensboro, where Norm went to work for his father at Greensboro Concrete for a while, but it wasn't long before the rolling hills and green pastures of Clemson drew them back home. They had a great run for twenty-five years sharing in everything from real estate developing, Canoy Inc.; a contracting business for Southern Railway, Ole Norm's Building Supply and Hardware, to winning state archery tournaments at Keowee Bowman Club, which they were part of its original organizers and members. The highlight of their merger was their two surviving daughters, Karen Canoy Alexander (Wes) of Central, and Norma Canoy Newton (Todd) of Clemson.

Norm was fond of saying, "you can find that in chapter ____ in my book". He was an authority on almost everything. From boxing an ape to single handedly wrestling a wild boar with 4" tusks to the ground (at 63 years old), the crazier his stories - the more you knew they were true. Fashion was always of great importance to Norm, as he regularly wore plaid shirts that most assuredly came from the early 70's – even under his hunting camouflage, so he could get straight to work after a morning turkey hunt. He would drive a truck until it had to be towed to the farm one last time. He paid cash, and if he couldn't– it waited. While still working as a heavy equipment contractor for Southern Railway, Norm decided to turn his passion into a business, and from 1975 to 2007, owned and operated Ole Norm's Building Supply, and Sporting Goods in Clemson. If they didn't have it at Ole Norm's, chances are… you didn't need it!

He was half-critter and had a passion for land and hunting - and for sharing that passion with his daughters, buddies and 'trainees,' as he liked to call them. At Medway Plantation and Middleton Place near Charleston, SC he helped create world-class bowhunting venues. He was a pioneer in bowhunting with the invention and mass production of the "Lil Red", one of the very first sight lights for archery. "Head Dog Critter Control", as he proclaimed himself, was an absolute authority on bowhunting in the Southeast and had harvested well over 300 deer when he hung up his bow in 1999.

He refused to adjust his watch for daylight savings time, because it messed with his hunting schedule - although "schedule" was a loose term with Norm. He operated on Canoy Standard Time, which is to say he was never late for anything - he just showed up when he wanted to.

Norm had more pages of that book to write when he married Kathryn Long Smith in 1995. The two jumped into beagle field trials, as Norm had done with his dad many years earlier. On the road every week during the season, he was winning and creating field champion beagles. YONAC Kennels, (Canoy spelled backwards), was born, and folks from all over the US came to breed and buy dogs from Norm and Kathryn.

Of Baptist faith, Norm would much rather teach a man to fish than give him one, and his patience was only exceeded by his generosity and willingness to share his knowledge. Norm had no tolerance for mediocrity; if something was worth doing - do it right! He told it like he saw it, which was a breath of fresh air in the watered down, tiptoeing, and easily offended society we live in.

Norm was preceded in death by his younger sister and biggest fan, Sandra Canoy Stanford (Rick) of Greensboro. In addition to his daughters and loving wife, he is also survived by his former son in law, Ken Alexander, stepson, Russell Ables (Tammie), grandchildren, Kipp Canoy Alexander (Jessie), Christopher James Newton, step grandchildren, James P. Ables, Kayla A. Kelley (Mackenzie), Kevin Jackson (Morgan), and Nachelle Strickland (Andy). Great grandchildren, Aubrie and Ayla Alexander and step- great grandchildren, Kason and Alora Jackson, Austin and Teagan Strickland and Kathryn (Katie) Kelley. Norm also leaves behind his brother-in-law, Rick Stanford from Greensboro.

The family would like to express their immeasurable gratitude to the steady stream of doctors, nurses, EMS responders and Patriot Care who elevated Norm's quality of life during these past few years.

A Private graveside service was held at Memory Gardens, Clemson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dave Thomas Foundation, Clemson Paw Partners or to The Ronald McDonald House.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central, SC which is assisting the family.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Karen and Norma, I just found Norman's obituary. I am so sad and heartbroken. Norman will be missed by many. Please call me at 336.625.3763. I want to talk to you. Marsha Farlow Haithcock

Posted by Marsha Haithcock - Franklinville, NC - Family   October 29, 2021

Our thoughts are with you, we miss seeing Norm. He was a blessing and so much fun, he will not be forgotten!! Foxnest Employees

Posted by Foxnest Veterinary Hospital - Seneca, SC - Friend   October 26, 2021

Words fail. Legendary. He and my dad were the truest men I ever knew and they were friends. How blessed I was to be in his path. Love you all.

Posted by Robert Anderson - Aiken, SC - Family Friend   October 20, 2021

Rest in peace my friend

Posted by Larry Arnold - Massillon, OH - Friend   October 20, 2021

Dear Family, We are so very saddened by the passing of your dear Norm. He will be cherished and missed for years to come. Prayers

Posted by Peg and Chet Mahan/Paine - Anderson, SC - Family Friend   October 16, 2021

I'm so sorry. Charles & I had wonderful memories of Nita & Norm! Much love to Karen & Norma.

Posted by Ruth Meredith Lawrence - Simpsonville, SC - Family   October 16, 2021

Kathryn, You and your family are in my prayers. Love You.

Posted by BARBARA SMITH - Clemson, SC - Friend   October 14, 2021

Very sorry, Norma.

Posted by Watt Jackson - Greenville, SC - Friend   October 14, 2021

I am so sorry to hear that such a generous and authentic man has left this earth. It was a beautiful obituary and I would like to say he provided years of quality softball sponsorship that impacted many of us and provides us with fond memories. Hold those memories dear in your hearts and minds. Prayers for peace and comfort during this time.

Posted by Cecilia Davis - Lancaster, SC - Friend   October 14, 2021

Good, Kind, Hardworking Man. I loved going into Ole Norms store and walking on the creeky hardwood floors. You always treated me like family. Thank you. With love, Margaret

Posted by Margaret J Thompson - Clemson - Family Friend   October 14, 2021

Kathryn, you are in our thoughts and prayers!!

Posted by Don and Peggy Rothell - Central, SC - Friend   October 13, 2021

I will miss you Head Dog. I will miss our regular phone conversations about everything from hunting all types of critters to commercial real estate development. I will especially miss your smile and your laugh. Thank you for trusting this city boy with your dump truck, tractor, and hunting secrets. Your legacy will live on through my children and their children. See you soon.

Posted by Jack Kilbourne - Wilmington, NC - Family   October 13, 2021

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I will miss you Head Dog. I will miss our regular phone conversations about everything from hunting all types of critters to commercial real estate development. I will especially miss your smile and your laugh. Thank you for trusting this city boy with your dump truck, tractor, and hunting secrets. Your legacy will live on through my children and their children. See you soon.