Billy Jasper Norris of McDade, formerly of Elgin passed away July 3, 2013, at the age of 81.
He was born on Aug. 26, 1931, in Greenville to parents Bill Cleve and Vena Norris.
After graduating high school in Greenville, Billy served in the Army from February 1950 until November 1953, serving a tour of duty in the Korean theater. In November 1954 Billy enlisted in the Air Force and served for 18 years, retiring in 1972 as a master sergeant.
Billy served in many duty stations and was deployed in multiple countries including Germany, Vietnam, and Thailand. The last duty station was Bergstrom Air Force Base, and Billy chose to make the central Texas area his home.
During his time in the Air Force Billy was an expert in munitions and chemical/biological weaponry, and earned many accolades and commendations for his service.
Billy married Patricia Lyday on Sept. 11, 1954. Together they built a family of 10 children.
Billy will be fondly remembered for his service to his country, his love of westerns, the beautiful central Texas farmland, his skill as a carpenter and general handy-man, his love of watching UT and Dallas football games and for his unfailing devotion to his children and grandchildren who were the light of his life.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and one son, Billy Wayne Norris.
Billy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia Norris; children and spouses Johnny Norris, Sue and O.Z. Robertson, William and Rhonda Norris, Debbie and Scott Konczal, Charles and Tessa Norris, James and Sheri Norris, Mary and Kyle Voelker, Kathy and Steve Mills, and Chris Norris; 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren
Honoring Billy as pallbearers will be Steve Mills, Aaron Norris, Mitchell Smith, Kyle Voelker, Bubba Stevens, and Joe Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Dustin Mills, Jacob Mills, and O.Z. Robertson.
The family would like to thank the Asera Care Hospice of Bastrop for their loving care and support to Billy and his family.
Services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Providence-Jones Family Funeral Home, 604 Highway 95N, Elgin 78621 (512-281-2340) with interment following at the McDade Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.providencejonesfuneralhome.com