Russel Wayne Norris, Sr. (Papa) passed into Glory on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Born July 31, 1927 in Celina, Texas. He was the middle son of three boys. Born just before the great depression, he grew up with integrity, patriotism and courage that doesn't come along everyday. He had a wonderful peace-loving spirit and good sense of humor. He looked at life in a positive light and would help out anyone in need. He graduated from TiogaHigh School (Texas) in the Class of 1944, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944 - 1946. He married Shirley Mae Dobbs in Fort Worth, Texas in 1956 and just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on January 4, 2013. They moved to Houston in the summer of 1965 where he owned and operated R Norris Refrigeration Company for over 30 years. They moved to Pearland in 1986. In later years he worked as a consultant for M W Kellogg and was stationed in Nigeria (West Africa) and Algeria (Northern Africa) for about 8 years. He also worked for Assist-2-Sell Realty of Pearland in 2001 as a licensed Realtor until 2006. He lived a long, healthy, full life until he was hospitalized for lung cancer in January of 2013. Papa will be greatly missed. The Norrises were members and regularly attended Garden Road Baptist Church for the past four years. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Jacques DeMolay Lodge of Houston, as well as the Arabia Shrine of Houston.
He is survived by his wife Shirley Norris of Pearland, daughters Sheila Garner of Pearland, Shelly Franceschi and husband Antonio Franceschi of Minneapolis, MN, son Russel W. Norris, Jr. (Bubba) of Pearland grandchildren Ryon E. Garner of Houston, Toni Renea Franceschi and Antonio Franceschi of Minneapolis, and Diana Norris of Valdosta, GA. and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Jackson Norris, mother, Minnie Lou Spradlin Norrris, brother, Thomas J. Norris and brother, Frank G. Norris.