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Howard Edward ‘Ed’ Norris Jr., 79, hardworking family man known for his generosity

Howard Edward 'Ed' Norris Jr.
Howard Edward ‘Ed’ Norris Jr.

YORKTOWN — Howard Edward “Ed” Norris Jr., 79, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, shortly after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Edward Sr. and Sarah Norris.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Lynda; son, Howard Edward ‘Trey’ Norris III (Leah); daughter, Amy N. West (Mark); six grandsons, Christian and Brady Norris, C.J. Whitten, Aiden, Asa and Ethan West; and one granddaughter, Elie West.

Ed was cherished by his family and a host of close friends and work colleagues. Ed will be dearly missed by all.

Ed was born March 13, 1941, in Foxwells and lived in Kilmarnock until starting college at Old Dominion University in 1960. After college graduation in 1965, he built a career in the floor covering business until his “retirement” in 2000, at which point, he developed a real estate investment business that continues today. He worked the family business with a passion for restoring and beautifying his investment properties up until the very end.

Besides being a “human calculator,” who had a mind for numbers, Ed was a patriarchal family man who worked and sacrificed constantly for the benefit of his family and friends. His family was by far the most important thing in his world, and he blessed them constantly with his love and generosity. A lifelong Baptist, he attended Northside Christian Church for nearly 15 years prior to his passing.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Amory Funeral Home Chapel, with a graveside service following at 3 p.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery, Kilmarnock. Northside Christian Church’s Senior Pastor, Larry Jones, will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

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