CUMBERLAND – William A. “Bill” Norris, Sr., 91, of Cumberland, died on Friday, July 14, 2017, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center after undergoing a heart valve replacement procedure at University Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, on July 3.
Born June 1, 1926, in Cumberland, Bill was the son of the late Raymond A. and Catherine (Leidenger) Norris. He attended Fort Hill High School. Bill proudly served his country during World War II by enlisting in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Peter H. Burnett and the LST 271.
After his ship returned to the states, he married his childhood sweetheart, Loretta Colleen Emerson on his 30-day furlough. Bill received his honorable discharge in January 1946.
Bill’s favorite pastime was watching old episodes of MASH and Andy Griffith. He loved the Big Band era and old country music. Bill and Colleen’s favorite song together was “Always.”
Bill owned and operated the South End Cleaners on Virginia Avenue for many years. He was a city policeman for five years. He then retired from Sani Dairy in 1989.
Bill was a very loving and devoted family man. He was very quick to tell you how proud he was of his family. His famous wisecracks and funny stories always kept them laughing. His strong opinions concerning politics and government issues were often his topic of conversations. His wish was always for life to “be like the good old days.”
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Loretta “Colleen” Norris; daughter, Carol Ann Kiiffner and husband George; son, Gary Norris and wife Leigh Ann; special “son,” Gary Lee Often; five grandchildren, Becki Hoenicka, Amy Steckman, Beth Davis, Alicia Norris Burdett, and Gary Norris, Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren, Zack Hoenicka, Luke Hoenicka, Cody Davis, Josh Hoenicka, Colton Davis, Noah Steckman, Marley Steckman, Wayland Norris, Andrea Blackburn, and Kayla Steckman; five great-great-grandchildren, Rowynn and Cage Blackburn, Cole William Hoenicka, Raelynn Hoenicka, and Vivian Emerick; daughter-in-law, Sue Norris McKenzie; and his big cat, Sammy, 17 years old, who was his constant lap companion. Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Kirtley and her husband Gary; and son, Bill Norris, Jr.
Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. is assisting the family with arrangements.
Friends will be received at the Emmanuel Bethel United Methodist Church, 24 Humbird St., Cumberland, MD, on Monday, July 17, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at the church at 1 p.m. Interment will be in MD State Veteran’s Cemetery, Rocky Gap.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to Emmanuel Bethel United Methodist Church, 24 Humbird St., Cumberland, MD 21502.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.