Mr. Earl Ray Norris, 91, of Winfield, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, in the Sunset Manor Health Care facility in Guin. Mr. Norris was born in Fayette County on Feb. 28, 1932, to Johnnie and Earline Whitehead Norris. He was a member of Winfield United Methodist Church and a graduate of Winfield High School. After serving for two years in the U.S. Army in Italy, Earl returned to his favorite place in the world and married Frances Porter in 1954. Mr. Norris was employed for many years at Fayette Cotton Mill and then Continental Conveyor before he enjoyed over 25 years of retirement.
The only thing that made him happier than being on his tractor, boat or working in his garden was being with his family and the love of his life, Frances. Their love story started the first time he saw her at Bobo School and lasted through 56 years of marriage until she preceded him in death in 2021.
Mr. Norris is survived by his daughters, Donna Norris and Cindy Krei (Bill); grandchildren, Luke Krei (Margaret) and Carly Apolinario (Caio); great-grandchildren, Caroline and Carson Krei and Bella and Luca Apolinario; sister, Betty Foster (Bill); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Sunset Manor and Amedisys Hospice for their dedicated care and compassion.
Funeral services for Mr. Norris were held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, at the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial that followed in the Musgrove Chapel Cemetery.
Bowen Funeral Home
981 State Highway 253
Winfield, AL 35594
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