Jo Ann Rhyne Norris

November 25, 1945August 22, 2018
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Jo Ann Rhyne Norris, 72, of Charlotte died Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte. A native of Charlotte, Jo Ann was born to the late Joseph Herbert Rhyne and Sally Brown Rhyne on November 25, 1945. She graduated from South Mecklenburg High School, received her B.S.N. from East Carolina University, received her M.S.N. from Emory University and was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi. Jo Ann taught nursing at UNC Charlotte, Presbyterian School of Nursing and Queens University where she attained Professor Emeritus status. She worked many years part time as a night nurse at Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. Jo Ann was a member of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church where she served as Clerk of Session. She was preceded in death by her husband Steven Thomas Norris in 2001. Jo Ann is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Norris and Deborah Norris Miller (Stephen) both of Charlotte and by sister, Sally Hutchison of Cornelius. The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 28 at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, 101 W. Sugar Creek Rd., Charlotte with the Rev. Dr. William H. Ralston officiating. Entombment will follow in Sharon Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday evening at McEwen Derita Chapel, 6300 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte. Memorials may be made to Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, 101 W. Sugar Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28213. Online condolences may be made at



  • Visitation Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 28, 2018


  • Committal Service

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Katie Liapis

August 28, 2018

Mrs. Norris was a wonderful nursing instructor - one of the best! I will always remember her and the lessons that she taught me. She was such a sweet, kind, genuine soul. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time. May her memory be eternal ❤️

jennifer reed

August 26, 2018

I worked at Charlotte EENT years ago on 2nd shift, I was a new nurse, and had to report to Jo Ann at the end of my shift. She was always so kind, and asked the best questions of me, never making me feel incompetent, but educating me gently at the same. I was in awe of her, for it was very evident she was an excellent nurse, and her patient's would be receiving wonderful care from her. She inspired me to be a better nurse. Years later I would see her again when she took call at the new location, and she remembered me warmly, she always had the most lovely smile and soothing voice, and I enjoyed catching up with her, hearing about her sweet girls. She was a very special person, with a huge heart. I send love and prayers out to her family and extend my deepest sympathy for their loss.

Becky Lippard

August 26, 2018

Sally, I was saddened to hear of the loss of your sister. I'm sending loving thoughts to each family member and friends of this gracious woman.

Connie Mele

August 26, 2018

Jo Ann was a kind and caring spirit. She was an empathetic mentor to me when I was a new faculty member at Presbyterian SON so long, long ago. She will be missed.

Donna Ferraro

August 26, 2018

What an honor to have had Jo Ann as an instructor in 1971 and then to teach with her at Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing and Queens University. She always made me laugh with her sense of humor. My mentor, my friend. Rest in peace JoAnn until we meet again.

Patti Richardson

August 25, 2018

Thinking about you, Becky Norris. I'll be praying for you and yours as you go through this time of sorrow.

Beth Hultquist

August 24, 2018

I loved working with Jo Ann! Betsy Herron and I would tease her about which one of us she liked more. Once, Betsy was out of town and I was in Charlotte working, but sick. JoAnn quoted her mom who used to say her favorite daughter was the one who was sick or the one farthest away. This was a conundrum for JoAnn because I was sick and Betsy was far away. Really, she loved us both. And we loved her. Such an amazing woman, nurse, friend. My prayers with her girls and family. I’m sure she is rejoicing with her husband. She lived a life full of love. I will never forget her.


August 24, 2018

I have so many wonderful memories of the family get togethers, but my favorite was just a few years back when you came to visit Bailey, Whiskie and Moon. They came up to the fence and you patted each one. As you turned around, I saw the tears streaming down your face. You thanked me for giving them a good home. It's so special to me that we shared the same love and passion for horses. I will miss you cuz. Have a nice gallop through the fields with Bailey, he is waiting. All my love.