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John Harden Norris

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YORK John Harden Norris, 88, entered into rest after a brief illness on Sunday, September 28, 2008, at 8:45 a.m. at his residence. He was the husband of Anna L. (Hitt) Plourde-Norris, whom he married on June 26, 1998. He was the husband of the late Dorothy M. (Clark) Norris, whom he married November 27, 1941 and who entered into rest on September 27, 1996. He was born in Lincoln, Neb., May 6, 1920, son of the late Rev. John Murray and Florence (Harden) Norris. He was in Broadcasting and was the owner and operator of Red Lion Broadcasting Company, Inc., which he founded with his late father. He traveled Internationally doing Missionary work throughout the world including Africa (where he helped build a church) and Korea; he was president of Faith Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and Baltimore, Md., from 1997 until 2007. He was currently President Emeritas of F.T.S. In his youth John was a Boy Scout, played piano in his father's church were he was very active. He attended Chester High School and still followed their basketball exploits. He entered Pennsylvania Military College (now Weidner University) where he graduated in 1941. While there he was a member of the track team and the military band. He worked as an engineer of Sinclair Oil and Refining Company in Claymont, Del., and also at Dupont Chemical in Wilmington Del., as a chemist. John left his position with the Sinclair Oil to assist his father with the Red Lion Broadcasting Company project. On October 22,1950, WGCBAM went on the air and John assumed its managerial duties. In 1958 he established WGCB-FM, this being one of the first stations to broadcast in stereo, WINB short-wave in 1962 and WGCB-TV channel 49 in 1979. At that time he was the only individual in the United States to own and operate AM, FM, short-wave and TV in one location and under one ownership. Under John's watchful care, these stations have specialized in family and religious programming to this day. The mission established by the motto of their call letters WGCB "the World for God, Christ, and the Bible" has been fulfilled. During his lifetime, he had been a church elder at Bible Presbyterian Church of York County. He was also active in the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. Better Business Bureau of York, National Religious Broadcasters; FCC landmark Supreme court case Red Lion Broadcasting vs. the FCC.; John was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WWII. In addition to his wife Anna L. (Hitt) Plourde-Norris of York, he is survived by; one son, John C. 'Jack' Norris of York; two daughters, Patricia N. Slaughter and husband, Edward of Titusville, N.J., and Mary F. Michel and husband, Samuel of Merritt Island, Fla.; six grandchildren, Lisa L. Pawson, John Mark Norris, Terri M. Layton, Melissa Norris Slaughter, Edward Charles Slaughter, and Marybeth Luiz; four great-granchildren, Andrew Pawson, Lindsay Pawson, Pamela Norris and Luke Layton; four stepchildren, Yvonne Gurzell and husband, Donald of Quinlan, Texas, Rhonda Plourde of Long Island , N.Y., Jeffrey Plourde of Dallastown,; stepdaughter-inlaw, Sharon Plourde of Maryland; 10 stepgrandchildren- Jennifer, Fawn and Megan Plourde, Tara Metcalf, James Vance, Morgan Scrak, Damien Scrak, Rica and Anna Soceanu, and Elizabeth Ann Plourde; six step great-grandchildren, Tyler Plourde, Michael Plourde, Kayla Metcalf, Faith Hyatt, Gracemarie Hyatt, Jasmine Vance; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a stepson, Edward J. Plourde, who entered into rest in February 1999. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Burg Funeral Home, Inc., 134 W. Broadway, Red Lion, with the Rev. Leon Denlinger, Pastor Ron Susek, and the Rev. Norman Manahar, officiating. Speaking at the service will be Dr. Benjamin Armstrong, Jerry Jacobs and David Wier. Viewings will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in New Harmony Presbyterian Cemetery with full military rites by the York County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to York VNA/Hospice, 218 E. Market St., York, PA 17403.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Sept. 30, 2008
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