Mrs. Iris Norris Gragg, 91, of Boone, N.C., passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Foley Center.

Born February 6, 1928 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late John Benjamin and Myra Brown Norris. Iris was a devoted and faithful member of the Boone Advent Christian Church and was a member of the Women’s Home and Foreign Mission Society. Iris enjoyed quilting and working in her flower and vegetable gardens as long as she was able. She was a loving and kind person.

She is survived by one niece, Mary Helen Vaughn and husband Jerry; one step-daughter, Gloria Presnell; one step son, James Eber Gragg, all of Boone; one step granddaughter, Sheri Stout and husband Jimmy; two step-grandsons, Steve Presnell and wife Lorrie, and James Eric Presnell and wife Anita; two step great granddaughters and four step great grandsons, and a number of nieces, nephews and her church family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ira Moretz; her second husband, James Wayne Gragg; three half-brothers, Hoy, Hugh and Burl Norris; and five half-sisters, Edna Norris, Mary Martin, Mabel Hamby, Candis Hodgdon and Hazel Smith.

Funeral services for Mrs. Iris Gragg were conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Boone Advent Christian Church officiated by the Rev. Mitch Marlowe and the Rev. Gordon Noble. The family received friends prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Boone Advent Christian Church.

Burial followed at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

The family respectfully requests no food. Flowers are appreciated or memorial donations may be made to Advent Christian Church. Online condolences may be shared with the Gragg family at

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

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