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Amos Lamar Norris, 96, of Statesville, NC passed away Monday, December 24, 2018 at his home. Mr. Norris was born July 21,1922 in Rockmart, Georgia and was the son of the late Julius Thompson Norris and Alma Marks Norris. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Redding Norris in 2016. They were married for sixty-seven years.
He proudly served in the US Navy during World War II from 1942-1946 in the South Pacific aboard LST 751.
Amos was a man of many enthusiasms and he pursued them all with great energy and passion. Building his business was a pursuit he tackled with great gusto and talent. As an entrepreneur he founded and was the president of Paper Stock Dealers, Inc. The business grew from one location in Statesville to 24 plants in seven states. The company was merged into Sonoco Products Company of Hartsville, South Carolina and he continued as the head of this division until his retirement.
He was interested in aviation and learned to fly at 47. This hobby led him to spend days at the airport and many hours in the air. He shared his joy of flying with his family. Because of his encouragement, all his children and his wife earned pilots’ licenses. Amos routinely flew himself on business trips to visit his plants. And he joyfully piloted Davidson Football coaches on recruiting trips.
Amos took up golf with more focus after retirement and played almost every day rain or shine. He raised horses and doted on his grandchildren who adored him. He was a fixture at tennis matches for his granddaughters and he cheered on grandsons in Lacrosse. He was a generous man whose gifts to many organizations made a difference in his community and around the world. His heart was especially touched by children in need.
He is survived by one son, Robert Bryan Norris (Kay) of Charlotte; two daughters, Judy N. Caudle (Tim) and Cathy Joan Norris both of Statesville; six grandchildren, Kacie Teeter (Kyle) of Statesville, Courtney Caudle White (Nathaniel) of Derby, KS, Jesse Brian Caudle of Statesville, Abby Caudle Patton (Evan) of Raleigh, Robert Bryan Norris. Jr. (Rachel) of Glencoe, NC and John Joseph Norris of South Norwalk, CT.; four great grandchildren, Anna Redding Teeter, Charlotte Abigail Teeter, Emrie White, Lenya White; two brothers, William Allen Norris of Douglasville, Georgia, and Julius Dale Norris of Statesville, and two sisters, Glenda Norris Taylor and Imogene Norris Moon both of Rockmart, Georgia.
Mr. Norris and his family have been active members of the Western Avenue Baptist Church in Statesville since 1954. Funeral services will be conducted there honoring his life Sunday December 30 at 3:00 in the afternoon, with the Reverend Jeff Spry officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held at Oakwood Cemetery following the service. The family will visit with friends at the church prior to the funeral beginning 1:00 pm and ending at 2: 45 pm.
Memorials may be made to the organization of the donor’s choice in memory of Mr. Norris. Online condolences may be made at www.nicholsonfunerals.com.
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