Audrey Bledsoe Norris

February 23, 1932November 16, 2021
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CLAYTON – Audrey Bledsoe Norris, age 89, entered into the glorious and blessed presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Audrey was born in Clayton, North Carolina on February 23, 1932 to the late Lattie James Bledsoe and the late Lina Champion Bledsoe. She attended N.C. State University and retired as a draftsman in the Engineering Department of Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

She was a faithful member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (formerly North Clayton Christian Church) where she served as pianist for decades. She truly had a servant’s heart. She lived life well. She loved her family, her friends and her church.

Audrey is survived by her husband of 53 years, Vernon Norris of Clayton; daughters, Debbie Ragland (Ronald Crowder) of Clayton and Kim Ragland of Smithfield; step-daughters, Katherine Norris of Greenville, NC and Debbie Oberto (John) of Moorpark, CA; granddaughter, Deena Henry of Smithfield; grandson, Chad Hogg of Smithfield; great-granddaughter, Kristian Henry of Smithfield; 5 step-grandchildren; 8 step-great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Jackson of Smithfield and Betty Jo Dalton (Jerry) of Clayton.

In addition to her parents, Audrey was preceded in death by her son, Mike Ragland; sister, Annie Bledsoe Ruth; and brothers, Bobby Bledsoe and Phil Bledsoe.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 19, 2021 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at McLaurin Funeral Home. A private family graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 5217 Barber Mill Road, Clayton, NC 27520.

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The family would like to thank the staff of Cadence Garner for their kind and compassionate care.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalms 116:15

McLaurin Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Norris.

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  • Vernon Norris Husband
  • Debbie Ragland (Ronald Crowder) Daughter
  • Kim Ragland Daughter
  • Katherine Norris Step Daughter
  • Debbie Oberto (John) Step Daughter
  • Deena Henry Granddaughter
  • Chad Hogg Grandson
  • Kristian Henry Great Granddaughter
  • Mary Jackson Sister
  • Betty Jo Dalton (Jerry) Sister
  • Mike Ragland Son (deceased)
  • Annie Bledsoe Ruth Sister (deceased)
  • Bobby Bledsoe Brother (deceased)
  • Phil Bledsoe Brother (deceased)
  • Lattie James Bledsoe Father (deceased)
  • Lina Champion Bledsoe Mother (deceased)
  • Mrs. Norris leaves behind five step grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren to cherish her memory.

Past Services

Friday, November 19, 2021



A Private Family Graveside Service