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Friday June 29th, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Joseph Leon Norris

JOSEPH LEON NORRIS,age 85, of Athens passed away June 25, 2018 at Life Care Center of Athens. A native of Lowndes, Alabama and a resident of McMinn County for the past 60 years, he was the son of the late Thomas Weaver and Susie Marvin Norris. He was a member of First Baptst Church of Athens and was a self employed builder and brick mason. He loved ballroom dancing and was an instructor in Dalton , Athens YMCA and the Senior Center , He was a talented water skier and trick skier. He was a veteran of the US Army.  

He was preceded death by:

  • Three sisters; Marguerite Saxon. Jeanette Simpler and Inez Martinez,
  • Four brothers; William Norris, Sidney Norris, George Norris, and Charles Norris.


  • Dear friend and Caregiver; LonNelle Forkner
  • Two daughters and their mother; Sherry and Steve Hutsell , Dayna Norris and Cynthia Norris all of Athens.
  • Granddaughter and husband; Stephanie and Wally Turner of Athens
  • Three great-grandchildren; Logan and Lauren Turner, Caelyn Turner, and Landon Turner.
  • One great- great grandaughter; Nora Blair Turner
  • Two brothers; Herbert and Betty Norris Montgomery, Alabama, Robert Norris of Dothan, Alabama
  • One sister; Christine Pennini, TX
  • Dear friends; Bob and Betty Hutsell of Athens.
  • Many special nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 4:00pm Friday June 29, 2018 in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with his nephews Ministers Bruce Coker and Joe Hudson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00pm Friday before the service.

Honorary pallbearers will be Logan Petty, Joshua Forkner, Wesley Hardin, Benji Forkner, Logan Turner, Wally Turner, Landon Turner, Steve Hutsell, Bob Hutsell, Fletcher Hudson, Spencer Hudson, Joe Hudson, Doug Hudson, Comer Coker, Larry Forkner and Jeffrey Forkner.

There will be a private family graveside at a later date.

Those unable to attend may send condolences to www.laycockhobbs/notices/Joseph-Norris.com

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.

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A Continuum Wreath on Easel was sent by Virginia, Chuck & Bea Norris on June 28, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Jun 28 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Norris

Linda Barnett Jun 28 2018 12:00 AM

Condolences to all the family. We are remembering you in prayer and may God grant you peace in the days ahead.
Shirley and Charles (Buddy) Hutsell

C. D. Hutsell Jun 28 2018 12:00 AM

A Traditional Funeral Basket was ordered on June 28, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Jun 28 2018 12:00 AM

sorry to hear about Leon He was a special man of his own Was a smooth dancer and a wonderful teacher. Our love to you

Clarence & sue Sweat Jun 28 2018 12:00 AM

An A Garden Path was sent on June 27, 2018

So sorry to lose him. Love to all! Mr. and Mrs. John B. Saxon Mr. and Mrs. Harold Harrison Mr. And Mrs. Edward Barganier

Expression of Sympathy Jun 27 2018 12:00 AM

Sherry, Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. You and your family are in our prayers for peace during this time is sadness.

Sara and Tommy Thompson Jun 27 2018 12:00 AM

Cynthia, Dayna and Sherry:
We were so sorry to hear of Leon's passing. He was dear to our family. Dad has been in the hospital so we will not be able to attend services, but I know he would want us to express his sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Barnett Kenner & the Barnett family
Bob, Deanna, Linda, Roger and Nancy

Nancy Barnett Kenner Jun 27 2018 12:00 AM