Norma Jean (Spears) Bauman

SEBRING – Norma Jean (Spears) Bauman, 83, of Sebring, formerly of Damascus, died at 12:25 a.m. Sunday at Copeland Oaks Retirement Community.

Born March 16, 1931, in Paintsville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Crate and Nettie (Gullett) Spears.

Mrs. Bauman has been a resident at Copeland Oaks for the last three years. She was a 1949 graduate of Leetonia High School, a member of the Damascus Methodist Church and last worked as a clerk at the Corner Market in Damascus until the late 1990s.

Survivors include her son, William L. (Rhonda) Bauman, of Salem; daughter-in-law Belinda Bauman of Damascus; siblings, Loretta Dotson of North Carolina, Shirley Adams of Salem and Crate Spears Jr. of Maryland; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Bauman Jr.; and a son David J. Bauman.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Damascus Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Amey officiating. Burial will be in the Damascus Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.

Donations can be made to the memorial fund of the church or to Hospice of the Valley. Arrangements were handled by the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services of Salem. Go to the website and sign the guestbook at