Norris, William Simpson Pershing


Reverend Norris was born in the State of Louisiana to the late Reverend Timothy P. and Rachel Duckett Norris. He was reared in a Methodist Parsonage and joined the Church at an early age. He was the product of the Elementary and High Schools of Bogalusa, Louisiana. He graduated from Southern University, Baton Rouge, and obtained his B.D. degree from Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia. He also did further study at Howard University Washington, D.C. Reverend Norris served in the armed forces in World War II with thirty-two months overseas duty. On his return from the service he married Miss Margaret Ester Taylor. He was received in the Conference in 1949 and served the following appointments: Mount Olive, Bastrop; St. Paul, Shreveport; Grace, New Orleans; Peck, New Orleans. He also served actively as District Superintendent on the Shreveport and New Orleans Districts. He served as Program Council Director, Superintendent and Director of Peoples Methodist Community Center, New Orleans for three years. His final appointment was St. Philip United Methodist Church, New Orleans. He delighted in helping young people pursue their education. His heart was deeply devoted to the work of the Methodist Church.
Reverend Norris was devoted to his wife and family. He loved people and people loved him. He will be sadly missed for his kind deeds to all with whom he came in contact.
He leaves to mourn his demise: a wife, Mrs. Margaret E. Norris, three sisters, Mrs. Evangeline N. Claiborne, Mrs. Magnolia N. White, Bogalusa, and Mrs. Procula N. Hutchinson, Detroit, Michigan, Revs. Alfred L., Leslie P. Norris, and Donald F. Colton, Wilfred S. Norris, other relatives and friends.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1973; p. 129 By J. C. Bibbons

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