Gerald Ray Norris Sr.
1949 - 2017
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Gerald Ray Norris, Sr.

Feb. 1, 1949 - Feb. 10, 2017

SOUTH BEND - Gerald Ray Norris Sr., 68, of South Bend, Indiana, departed this life on Friday, February 10, 2017. Gerald was born to Walter and Mildred Norris in Dallas, Texas, on February 1, 1949.

At the age of five, Gerald moved to South Bend and attended Lincoln Elementary School and graduated from Central High School. In 1984, he met the love of his life, Barbara Woods, and they married on June 30, 1988. He was employed by the South Bend Community School Corporation for 31 years.

Gerald accepted Christ at an early age and was an Altar Boy at his grandfather's church, St. Augustine. He was a faithful member of New Life Fellowship Ministry for the past 22 years. He served on the Usher Board, Security Team, Men Stepping Out on Faith Ministry, sang in the Male Chorus, and Mass Choir. He was an excellent cook and caterer, which was his true passion. He loved to travel, was a die-hard Notre Dame fan, an avid scholar of African American history, and a true classic man.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 29 years, Barbara Norris; three children, Khrestin Norris of South Bend, IN, Gerald Norris Jr. of Clarksville, TN, and Jovani Norris of Atlanta, GA; six grandchildren, Alayah Norris, Jovani Norris Jr, Jay'da Norris, Caleb Norris, London Norris, Trevon Norris; and two sisters, Joyce Norris and Nina Norris-Landers of Dallas, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Mildred Norris; and two brothers; Walter “Red” Norris Jr. and Bruce Florence.

Services will be held at Pentecostal Cathedral COGIC on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Visitation for Gerald will be at 9:00 a.m., with a funeral ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

Arrangements entrusted with ALFORD'S MORTUARY.

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Feb. 17, 2017.
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February 23, 2017
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Eddie Bailey Jr. & The Bailey Family
February 22, 2017
Rest In Peace Gerald. What fun we all had growing up on the near west side of South Bend, y'all on Florence St. And us on Sibley St. Our families lived across the alley from y'all. Missing all yall, Red, Bruce and now you, Gerald! God bless your family always. Nina, it's been a long-time sister, condolences to your family!

The Smiths on Sibley St.
Avis 'Cookie' Smith
February 20, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. He was such a good man and gentleman. May GOD keep his family and loved ones in prayer. A good man has been lost but never forgotten.
Rochelle Magee-Jordan
February 17, 2017
Deepest sympathy to the Norris family,Gerald is a childhood friend our families go back to the early 50s. grade school linden, high school central- la- sale. always a kind word and a smile. FRIENDS true FRIENDS are so hard to come by. HE will always remain one of mine. may GOD bless and comfort the family during this period. My love and admiration for Gerald is everlasting.
charles lottie
February 17, 2017
I am truly sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. I went to Central with him and he always had a smile on his face.
Patricia williams
February 15, 2017
To The Norris Family: Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss, my brother has lost a dear friend, it is my hope that you are comforted by memories of happier times and find peace in the words of our Savior Jesus. (Matthew 6:10).
S Hannah
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