Donald W. Norris

Dec 21, 2013

Minister of Music

WAYNESVILLE — Donald Wayne “Don” Norris, 74, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at Mission Hospital.

He was a native of Durant, Oklahoma, and the son of the late Floyd M. and Beth Wilson Norris.  He was former minister of music at First Baptist Church of Orange, Texas and First Baptist Church of Lewisville, Texas.

Don retired in 1992 serving as minister of music at First Baptist Church of Waynesville after 18 years service.  He especially enjoyed the music of handbells and was instrumental in developing and directing the Handbell Choir at First Baptist and also sang in the Community Choir.  He was a member of the Waynesville Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth Shankle Norris; his son, Jeff Norris, of Waynesville; one sister, Jonell Bailey and husband, James, of Weatherford, Texas; and three brothers, Jerry Norris and wife, Judith, of Newark, Texas, Larry Norris of Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Kenneth Norris and wife, Jennifer, of Paris, Texas.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, at First Baptist Church of Waynesville with the Reverend Dr. Gary Hearon and the Reverend Dr. Robert Prince officiating.

Memorials may be made to the music program of First Baptist Church of Waynesville, P.O. Box 690, Waynesville, NC  28786.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.  An on-line memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at “”


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