Mr. Robert Gene Norris, 84, of Sugar Grove, N.C., passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 at Watauga Medical Center.

Born November 19, 1934 in Avery County, he was a son of the late Lewis and Trocia Greene Norris. Bobby Gene was a member of Forest Grove Baptist Church, and retired from the US Navy as a Chief Warrant Officer after 22 years of service.

Bobby Gene loved his Lord above all and loved and cherished his family. His granddaughter, Emma, was the light of his life and she will miss her Papoo. He will be missed on this earth but we know he is rejoicing in heaven.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Winebarger Norris; his children, Robert Norris, Jr., and wife Heather of Vilas, Toni Littleton and husband Bob of Sugar Grove, and Tracy Norris and fiancé Collin Day of Boone; one granddaughter, Emma Marie Norris of Vilas; one sister, Robbie Lynn Critcher and husband Tommy of Boone; two brothers, Ben Norris of Vilas and Dudley Norris and wife Judy of Sugar Grove; and a number of cousins and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jimmy Norris.

Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Gene Norris were conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Forest Grove Baptist Church. Officiating was the Rev. Thomas Brown. Burial followed in a family cemetery on John Shell Road. Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post 130 and the US Navy.

The family received friends Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Forest Grove Baptist Church.

The family respectfully requests no food, flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St, New York, NY 10016.

Online condolences may be shared with the Norris Family at

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

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