William Otto Norris

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 7, 2010

William Otto “Golden Boy” Norris, 56, passed from this life on Monday,
September 6, 2010 at his residence in Georgetown.
His funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 4 p.m. at First United Pentecostal Church of Leesville. Ministers will be Rev. Donnel Spurgeon, Rev. Bobby Stokes and
Rev. Paul Eaves. Burial will be at Pine Island Cemetery, Leesville, under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home of Leesville, a dignity memorial provider. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, August 7, 2010 at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Wednesday, August 8,
2010, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., both days at Hixson Funeral Home.
William is survived by his wife of 19 years, Rhonda Allen Norris of Georgetown. sons, William Norris, Jr and wife Connie of Anacoco, Timothy Scott Norris and wife Laura of
Rosepine, Stuart Wesley Norris and wife Ashley of Simpson; daughter, Jaclyn Allison Norris of Georgetown; father, Buddy Norris of Anacoco; sisters, Alice O’Banion and husband Mike of Pickering, Mamie Chouest and husband Tommy “Cowboy” of Pickering;
and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Eddlemon Norris and his grandparents, William Murphy and Mamie Eddlemon and Otto and Pearlie Mae Norris.
William was born in North Fork, Va. and grew up in
Pickering. He attended Pickering High School and graduated in 1971. He then attended McNeese Sate University, then received his first master’s degree from NSU in 1982. He received his second master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin in 1990 and became a
professor there. He coached basketball and baseball and won five state Championships in Texas and Louisiana. He served as principal at Pollok Central High School in Pollok, Texas for ten years and as principal for five years in Georgetown. William
was a Mason with the Pickering Lodge 477, a 32 degree Shiner, member of the Georgetown United Pentecostal Church and a member of the Four Winds Cherokee Indian Tribe. He loved to laugh and keep things lively and was the life of the party. He
nicknamed many kids that the names still pass on today. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Words of comfort may be shared with the
family at www.hixsonfh.com.