September 27, 1924 ~ June 5, 2003

Born in: Buncombe County, NC,
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

Ray Norris, 78, of 312 Woodland Trail, Hendersonville, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at the VA Medical Center. A native of Buncombe County, he was the oldest son of the late Isaac and Lois Henson Norris. Following graduation from Candler High School he joined the Army and served in WWII. Returning from service, he began his career in Traffic and Transportation with American Enka. He was recalled to active duty in 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict. He worked for 13 years at Dayco in Waynesville and retired after 20 years as Traffic Manager at General Electric in Hendersonville. He was past president of the Southern Traffic League and North Carolina Traffic League, past Master of the Waynesville Masonic Lodge, past Grand Master of the Masons in North Carolina, a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and Past President of the Hendersonville Shrine Club. He also was a member and Deacon of First Baptist Church, Hendersonville. Mr. Norris is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Knighten Norris; three daughters, Kathy Paige and her husband Ken of Snellville, GA, Debbie Norris of Greer, SC and Renee Plott and her husband Mark of Burlington, NC; two sons, Mike Norris and his wife Leslie of Franklin and Steve Norris and his wife Karen of Santee, CA; three sisters, Eva Dean Burris of Arden, Louise Yarborough and Loretta Breier, both of Hendersonville; nine grandchildren, Stephanie Orosco, Kristie Lobel, Stephen T. Norris, Scott Paige, Brian Paige, Russell Norris, Graham Norris, Rebecca Norris and Zack Reed; six great-grandchildren, Ashley Orosco, Alec Orosco, Amber Orosco, Cody Lobel, Courtney Lobel and Hannah Paige. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Saturday at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville with the Rev. Dr. Ian Walker and Revs. Wally Shamburger and Skip Fendley officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Asheville High School Marine JROTC Unit at Pisgah View Memorial Park, Candler. The Masonic Ceremony will be provided by the Waynesville Lodge with members of the Hendersonville Shrine Club and family serving as pallbearers. The Waynesville Lodge will open at 11 am. His family will receive friends from 6:30-8:00 pm Friday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home, 700 South Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27407; Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. Dear Mike,
    My mother was married at the First Baptist Church In Hendersonville-May 28, 1921. She attended Orange Street School with Thomas Wolfe in Asheville, But moved to Hendersonville later and graduated from High School in Hendersonville. My dad was from Fletcher.

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  2. Mrs. Norris and family … My heart goes out to each of you in your time of loss. May God bless, comfort and strengthen each of you in these days and may you find peace in knowing your loved one is in Heaven. Having gone through the loss of my Father on February 28, to the children … I extend my heartfelt sympathy and prayers. My family and I understand where you are at this point … we are here for you if we can help in anyway. In Christ’s Love … Alton Connor, Jr.

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  3. JEAN & FAMILY I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING & WORKING WITH RAY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AT GE & ALSO AT FIRST BAPTIST. WE ALL KNOW WHERE HE IS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF GRIEF & LOSS.

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  4. Jean and the family of Ray Norris. Please accept our condolences. Jean we were so glad we were able to go to the last AMD meeting and were able to see Ray.You will have many good memories of the past and God will bring these memories to you when he feels you are in need of them,to help you go through this sadness. May Gods presence be with you all.

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  5. Jean, Mike, and family, I am so sorry about Ray’s passing, but we know he’s out of pain and living in ‘That temple, not made with Hands,eternal in the Heavens’. And we will see him again. I am praying for your family.

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  6. Dear Jean and Family,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers,
    We are going to miss him at church and at all the fraternal meetings. He was a special person.

    Fraternally,
    Roland and Lois

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  7. Jean and Family,
    What a wonderful man Mr. Norris was. We offer our condolences to all of you.
    May God Bless You.

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