- Last Updated on 08:01 AM 11/11/09
Norris Whitt Harris Sr. of Norfolk passed away at his home on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 surrounded by his loving family. He was 94 years of age.
Norris was born in Chatham on Jan. 10, 1915, and was the son of Alfred and Clara Harris. He was married for 51 years to Helen Long Harris who preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Anne Elizabeth Harris, her husband, Mark Gregory Stengel; his son, Norris Whitt Harris Jr., his wife, Kathryn, and their daughter, Alexandra, who is Norris’ only grandchild. Not to be forgotten is Nuisance the dog, found at an animal Shelter. Nuisance brought much joy, amusement, and companionship to Norris.
Norris spent his career as an electrical engineer for VEPCO, now known as Dominion Power. He was very proud of his work for VEPCO. He was fond of reminiscing about his day sin the countryside as a young surveyor and the wonderful Packard automobiles he owned.
He served in the 116th Infantry, Virginia National Guard from 1933-40. During WWII, he served in the Pacific Theater as a member of the 518th AAA Battalion. He remained in the Army Reserves retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Norris and Helen traveled extensively after retirement, visiting over 56 countries.
Services will be in South Boston on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. The family will receive friends at Brooks Funeral Home, 115 Main Street at 1 p.m. Graveside services will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery at 2 p.m.