For 45 years she safely walked multiple generations of students across Donnell Boulevard in Daleville and did not leave her much-loved job until illness forced her to at 83 years old.Some nine months after she retired in December 2014, Norma Hines passed away, only four days from her 84thbirthday. She may be gone, but most definitely not forgotten by the students and community she faithfully served as more than 40 police officers, citizens, students, family members and others honored “Ms. Norma” with the unveiling and dedication of a permanent memorial stone. It is located in front of the city library. Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth affectionately told the crowd it is now “Ms. Norma’s Crosswalk.”Daleville High School Principal Josh Robertson attended the high school and recalls beautiful memories of the beloved public servant both when he was a student there and as an adult serving as the school’s leader. “Ms. Norma is one of those people in my life that I don’t remember not knowing…She’s just been a fixture. I’m glad we’ve had a chance to put a monument here. It carries on a legacy here that she established herself. “She was a monument every day out here, morning and afternoon…The impact that she had on folks is just not measurable,” he said adding that at some point she had had a positive impact on members of all generations that came through her crosswalk during her long tenure as a crossing guard.Hines’ daughter, Cheryl Hanna, teared up as she saw the memorial stone and said she remembers her mother being the crossing guard during most of her growing-up years. “I remember her talking about all the generations of kids, watching them go through the crosswalk and protecting them as they did,” said Hanna. “She obviously loved it, right to the end. It meant the world to her, the job, the kids.”Edwin Hines said his mother began working as a crossing guard when he was a senior at Daleville High. He said she loved her job and took it seriously. “I appreciate the community rallying for her and showing their love and affection and respect for her as a crossing guard,” he said.Department of Public Safety Director Harvey Mathis told the gathering that “We wanted to do something so that Ms. Norma would be remembered forever. She’s probably watching now and smiling from above.”Wigglesworth solidified what others said about Hines and said, “She was a very proud public servant. She worked for the city of Daleville and her only job for 45 years was here as a crosswalk guard…She was dedicated. She was committed. She was a professional.” The mayor added that no matter if it was bright and sunny or cold and wet, Hines was always there.“She was absolutely committed to the duties and responsibilities that come with being a cross walk guard. That was to make sure that the children were safely taken from one side of the street to the other, which may sound simple, but even on a street like Donnell you have drivers that just aren’t careful,” the mayor said, adding that Hines took a personal interest in the students she escorted each day and the students, including Wigglesworth’s own grandson, took a personal interest in Hines. “She will be missed, but not forgotten,” said the mayor.
The family of the late Norma Hines, a much loved crossing guard with the city for 45 years, were moved to tears when this permanent monument was unveiled Friday in honor of her. The monument is located at the crosswalk where she always worked, directly across from the city library on Donnell Boulevard. Pictured, from left are Lee Irby, grandson of Hines; Cheryl Hanna, daughter; Edwin Hines, son; and Ken Hanna, son-in-law.