Joe Warner Norris, 83, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Bellville. He was born on Sept. 17, 1930, in Kingsville, Texas, the son of Joe Ollie and Ona Lee (Warner) Norris.
Joe grew up in Falfurrias, Texas, graduating from Falfurrias High School.
He was a student at Texas A&M University, graduating in 1952. Joe served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return to the States Joe was employed with IBM retiring after 37 years of service in 1990.
Joe was united in marriage to Jean Knight on November 26, 1960, in Picayune, Mississippi. He enjoyed wood carving, tinkering and bird hunting. Joe was an Assistant Scout Master, a Lion Tamer with the Lions Club, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Bellville VFW Post #6522.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of over 53 years Jean Norris of Bellville; son Joe Norris and his wife, Tammie, of Grand Junction, Colorado; daughter Katie Cooper and her husband, Larry, of Hempstead; brother Frank Norris and his wife, Lezley, of Ennis, Texas; sisters Nancy Harris of Bandera, Texas, and Norma Gist and her husband, Allen, of Talihina, Oklahoma; grandchildren Courtney Nobles and her husband, Clayton, Rachel Norris and Dale Cooper. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ona Lee Norris.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2013 at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 N. Masonic, Bellville with The Rev. James Pevehouse officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Parish Hall.
Memorial gifts in Joe’s name to: Bellville VFW Post #6522, Bellville Lions Club, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 2242 West Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030, or the Austin County Unit of the American Cancer Society, c/o Vernice Luhn, 1710 Meissner Road, Bellville, Texas 77418.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville, Texas. 979-865-2424 www.schmidtfunerals.com
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