William L. "Bill" Norris, 68, of Jacksonville, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 25, 1945, in Quincy, the son of Ernest and Ruth Hussong Norris. He married Ruth A. Kelley on July 11, 1970, in Dixboro, Michigan, and she survives.
He is also survived by three sons, Jeff (Nela) Norris of San Jose, Costa Rica, Scott (Kristen) Norris of Jacksonville, and Chris (Carri) Walters of Huntsville, Alabama; two grandchildren, Josh Hymes and Kennedy Hymes, both of Jacksonville; one sister, Linda (Joe) Williams of Coatsburg; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Shirley Norris.
Mr. Norris was a 1963 graduate of Camp Point Central High School and a 1967 graduate of Culver-Stockton College. He worked for Mobil Chemical/PACTIV in Jacksonville for 36 years, retiring in 2005. He was a very active member of Grace United Methodist Church, serving the church in many different capacities. He had volunteered much of his time to various charitable organizations and served on many boards of directors, including Pathway, JACIL and Woodhaven Hospice, among others. Bill was also an active member of AMBUCS. He was very proud of the AMBUC Ramp Building Project, and had coordinated the building of 31 ramps at homes of those in need. He was currently serving as treasurer for the Jacksonville Area Antique Car Club. He was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed historical biographies. He enjoyed his retirement, as it gave Ruth and him more time to spend with their loving family. Bill was a very kind man whose greatest joy in life was doing for others.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Evergreen Cemetery in Camp Point. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Monday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, where the family will meet friends 4-6 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Woodhaven Hospice or Pathway Services. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on June 1, 2014