Cotten Funeral Home

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George David Norris

30 November , 194312 June , 2019

George David Norris, 75, of Trenton died Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Carolina East Medical Center. George, the seventh of ten children, was born November 30,1943 to Sherwood Belcher Norris and Laura Josephine Shute Norris of New Bern. He graduated from New Bern High School in 1963 and served honorably in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He later obtained an associate degree from Lenoir Community College. After thirty-five years of intermittent active duty and reserve service, he retired as Chief Warrant Officer 4 from the North Carolina Army National Guard in 1999. For several years, he served as Senior Instructor at RTS-Maintenance, Fort Bragg, NC where he taught numerous military occupational specialties. For most of his civilian career, George was employed as a machinist and was the owner of Rhems Machine and Welding in New Bern. For the last 17 years, he has been employed by CMF Inc. in Aurora, NC. George, a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, loved visiting with friends, gardening and fishing. He enjoyed sharing the rewards of his labor and hobbies with family and friends. His most precious pastime was sharing in the company of and mentoring his five grandchildren. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his brothers Sherwood “Butler” Norris Jr., Robert “Bobby” Norris, William “Billy” Norris and Harvey “Shute” Norris. He is survived by his loving wife of forty years, Suzette Turner Norris of Trenton; daughter, Laura Nicole “Nikki” Norris Mills of Trenton and grandchildren, Jack and Henry; daughter, Margaret Catherine “Cathy” Hallam and husband, Matt of Cary, along with grandchildren, Andrew and Evan; and son, George David Norris, Jr. of New Bern along with granddaughter, Lillian and George’s fiancé A. Ruthie Sheets of New Bern; and siblings, Shirley Straker, Sarah Cahoon (Tommy), Mary Toler, Edward Norris (Betty), and Donald Norris (Ella). The family will receive friends on Monday, June 17, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m at Cotten Funeral Home in New Bern with memorial service immediately following. Interment with military honors will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery located at 164 Long Plants Farm Road in Goldsboro, NC. Funeral arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to the Norris family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com


  • Visitation Monday, 17 June , 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, 17 June , 2019


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Dean Herold

16 June 2019

Sue , our heartfelt condolences to you and yours . We are lifting you and your family in prayer. So sorry for your loss , George will be missed . May he rest in peace !
sincerely , Dean and Ronni Herold

Bryan Norris

15 June 2019

Sorry to hear about Uncle George. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Aaron, Carla & Zach McLawhorn

14 June 2019

Suzy, Nikki & Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with y’all in this most difficult time. We were so shocked to hear of George’s passing. He was loved by everyone who knew him. We sure thought a lot of him. Love, Aaron, Carla & Zach


13 June 2019

Mrs Norris ...I was so sorry to see this and I hope your memories of your time together will help ease your sadness at his passing...I was blessed to have met both yourself and your husband because of his love of fishing and your desire to gift him with a fishing net on a special occasion and it kept going..i hope i helped in some small way to add joy to his life by making those nets for him (and maybe even help to provide a great dinner)...bless you in your time of sorrow..Betty Cutler (the net maker) ...and now he goes to reside with the greatest fisherman ever

William Jewell

13 June 2019

Great guy and one of the finest Warrant Officers I ever served with. RIP sir.