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Richard Eaton Norris, 1944-2003

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  The Rev. Richard Eaton Norris, 58, of Whissen St., Edinburg, died May 3, 2003, at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

  Rev. Norris was born July 21, 1944, in Richmond, the son of the late Rev. William W. Norris and Nancy O. Eaton Norris. He was a graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal; A.A. (Religion and Music) Ferrum College; Lewis Hotel Training School in Washington, D.C.; B.A. (Religion and Music) Lynchburg College; Master in Ministry from Eastern Mennonite Seminary; Advanced Studies in Religion, Duke University; Chaplain, UVA Certified; Harpsichord, Westminster Choir College.

  Richard served as pastor of Otter Parish, Bedford; Bailey’s Chapel, Madison Heights; (associate pastor) Fort Hill Church, Lynchburg; Fletcher’s Chapel, King George; Shady Grove Church, Glen Allen; Edinburg Parish, St. John’s and Wesley Chapel, Edinburg; Basic Church, Waynesboro. He retired due to ill health in 2001.

  In music ministry, he was a member of the American Guild of Organists; founder and director of Big Island Community Choir, Madison Heights/Monroe Community Choir; Edinburg Community Choir, co-founder and accompanist for the Holy Terror Group of inter-churches singing ministers and organ concert performer. He belonged to Edinburg Ministerial Association-Clergy Association and was an Ordained Deacon; 1972, Elder; 1996, co-director and director of VA Senior Adult Assembly Conference, Blackstone, 1974-1985; Worship Planner and Organizer at E.M. Seminary; Wesley Heritage Tour-1999. He received honors as a Life member of United Methodist Women; Life member of United Methodist Men and numerous singing and directing credits.

  He was a member of numerous organizations; Charter member, Hudson Morris Lodge #80, King George; Life member, Royal Arch Lodge #4, Fredericksburg; American Guild of Organists; Edinburg Ole’ Time Festival Committee; Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Chaplain; Shenandoah County Library and Transportation Boards; American Red Cross – Chairman 199?-2001, Waynesboro; Shenandoah Memorial Chaplain of the Year, 1995-96; Masonic-York Rite; Fraternal Order of Police Medal; two UMC Music Medals. His other jobs and interests were hotel career, Virginia Beach; piano teacher for more than 20 years; tour director for various church and community groups; 20-year school bus driver.

  His contributions to his churches and communities over the years have been enormous. He will be missed by all who knew him.

— Paje Cross, daughter



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