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Originally published: 2013-07-30 14:07:56
Last modified: 2013-07-31 09:24:04

Eddie Paul Norris

Mr. Eddie Paul Norris, 81, of Burlington and a former resident of Vilas, passed away Wednesday morning, July 30, 2013, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance.

Born Jan. 4, 1932, in the Bethel Community of Watauga County, he was a son of the late Paul and Mona Greer Norris. A graduate of Bethel High School, he served two years in the U.S. Army. Eddie was a retired engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation. He was a member and past Master of Snow Lodge # 363 AF & AM for over 50 years. Eddie was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Oasis Shrine and was past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star. Active in his community he was a member of the American Legion, N.C. Government Retirement Association, State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board for Watauga County. He was also a member of Watauga Community Action Board, WAMY, and former President of the Young Democrat Club. Eddie Paul was a member of Boone United Methodist Church, and an associate member of Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, Greensboro, and held many offices in the church during his lifetime.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mona Greer Norris, and son, Gregory Newton Norris.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth "Lib" Clapp Norris; sister-in-law, Grace Norris Wagner and husband, Don, of McLeansville; brothers-in-law, Marvin Clapp, David Clapp and wife, Emily, all of Greensboro; sister-in-law, Dorothy Guffey of Greensboro; nieces, Regina Miller and husband, Earl, Renetta Lineberry and husband, John, both of McLeansville, Kim Guffey of Waynesville; nephews, Alan Clapp and wife, Amy, Andy Clapp and wife, Lisa, Mike Clapp and wife, Pam, all of Greensboro, Raymond Clapp and wife, Shree, of Gibsonville, Steven Clapp and wife, Crystal, of McLeansville; and many great- nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Eddie Paul Norris will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday at Boone United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Jim Allred, the Rev. Don Wagner and the Rev. George Naff. Masonic graveside services and burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gregory Newton Norris Scholarship Fund, Watauga County Schools, Attn: Ly Marze, PO Box 1790, Boone, NC 28607, or to Hospice of Alamance, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be shared with the Norris family at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Norris family.