Norman Lee Pender

July 30, 1943

July 6, 2013

Norman Lee Pender, 69, of Midlothian, Texas, died July 6, 2013, at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie. He was born July 30, 1943, in Dallas, graduated from Sunset High School in 1961, and attended the University of North Texas.

Norman served in the United States Army in Germany from 1963-1966, achieving the rank of sergeant. He married his wife, Hester Averitt, on Dec. 28, 1967.

The couple had one son, Lee, born Dec. 20, 1973.

Norman went on to have a long and distinguished career in finance, culminating in a position as CFO of a major financial institution. A trailblazer in his field, Mr. Pender was on a first-name basis with business and political leaders worldwide and was one of the inventors of the Money Market account, for which he coined the name. He later worked as an independent art consultant and financier, traveling extensively in the United States and Europe.

A self-taught expert in several periods of fine art, he lectured for such organizations as the Alliance Francaise of Dallas and the Goethe Institute. He also spoke on art at Texas Christian University. A devoted Christian, Norman was a member of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas, a deacon at First Baptist Church in Midlothian and later attended Oak Crest Baptist Church in Midlothian.

He served on the Planning and Zoning Committee in Midlothian and was heavily involved in his community. He explored a wide range of hobbies during his life, including English horsemanship, photography, shooting and hunting, and owning a Maserati sports car along with several motorcycles. He was also a successful youth soccer coach.

Norman is survived by his wife of 45 years, Hester, of Midlothian; by his son, Lee, of North Andover, Mass., as well as by his daughter-in-law, Dr. Suzanne Hevelone; and two grandsons.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Oak Crest Baptist Church, 1701 S. 5th Street in Midlothian.

Visitation with the family is set for 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel, 811 S. Cockrell Hill Road in Duncanville. 972-298-2334