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James Odell Norris

September 9, 1938 ~ April 28, 2020 (age 81)


James Odell Norris departed this life on Tuesday, April 29, 2020 at Mission Hospital. James was the eleventh child of twenty-one born to the late Jack Norris and Mary S. Norris.

James served in the United States Navy from 1955-1959 with an honorable discharge from service.James was known to many as "Big O" or "Brother". He loved to watch sports and Western movies. Big O's smile could light up a room even if you didn't want to smile. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 14 brothers and sisters, honorary daughter, Vivian Smith.

Left to cherish his fond and loving memory are his children, Eveangilia Jefferson, Denita Norris, Jimmy Norris, Rhonda Howard, Delores Barber; honorary children that he loved as his own, Jerry Creasman, Linda Gamble, Jypsy Creasman, and Sharon Hoyt; sisters, Betty J. Sams, Eva Norris, Barbara James (Curtis), Janie Vinson, Doretha Burt; brothers, Boyce "Beaver" Norris and Donald Norris; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held 3:00 pm Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the chapel of Ray Funeral & Cremation Service. This service will be live streamed. Burial will follow at 10:00 am Friday, May 8, 2020 at the WC State Veterans Cemetery. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed at the service.

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Funeral Service
May 7, 2020

3:00 PM
Ray Funeral And Cremation Service
1373 Sweeten Creek Rd.
Asheville, North Carolina 28803


Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old U S 70 Hwy
Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711

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