OBITUARY

Edwin "Father Gregory" Arter Norris Jr.

September 4, 1929June 25, 2020

The very Rev. Edwin Arter Norris, Jr., D.D. Protodeacon Gregory St. Catherine of Siena said, “All the way to heaven is heaven.” Edwin, whose religious name was Gregory, was born September 4,1929 in Akron, Ohio to Elizabeth Palmer Chappell and Edwin Arter Norris. He died June 25, 2020 in Mesquite, Texas. Edwin was baptized into a nominally religious family and while serving in the army during the Korean War he rediscovered his religious roots and became intimately involved in the Episcopal Church. After graduation from the University of Denver, he entered St. Gregory’s Benedictine Monastery in Three rivers, Michigan. The Abbot sent him to finish his priestly studies at Nashotah House, after which he was ordained at Three Rivers taking the religious named of Dom Gregory Norris, named after the famous English Benedictine, Dom Gregory Dix. After 13 years, he was released from his vows and shortly became Rector of Church of the Ascension in Chicago, one of the great Anglo-Catholic parishes in the Episcopal Church. He served there for 24 years. He served with distinction in many capacities in the Episcopal Church. Following retirement, his spiritual pilgrimage led him to the Orthodox Church of America where for the last 24 years he has served faithfully as a Deacon and recently has been elevated with the honor of Protodeacon. He was a renowned spiritual advisor, and director. A violist by avocation, he played for many years in both the Irving New Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. He was deeply compassionate and socially conscious as reflected in his marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama. He is survived by several brothers: Clifford, John and Phillip Norris, numerous nieces and nephews, God-children, devoted friends, and his best friend of many years, The Rev. Canon George W. Monroe. His beloved brothers William and Michael predeceased him. Services will be graveside due to covid-19 pandemic at Grove Hill Cemetery, 3920 Samuell Blvd. Dallas, Texas, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. the Very Rev. Archpriest Father Gerasim officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral, the North Texas Food Bank or a Charity of your choice. A Celebration of Father Gregory’s life will be announced post-pandemic.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Scott H Helferty

July 1, 2020

Fr. Gregory's Benedictine years surely formed his steady life pattern of prayer, liturgy, and work, and shaped his firm, gentle spirit. He was a voracious reader and believed that engaging sound theology could inform a full and happy life. I had the privilege of working with Fr. Gregory for three years at the Church of the Ascension, Chicago. He always seemed genuinely centered in everything he did, from interactions with congregants to presiding at the Liturgy. Perhaps his biggest regret was that Richard Wagner did not compose any sacred music for the Church.

Anne Norris Chandler

June 29, 2020

My uncle was truly a giant among men. His kindness, generosity, and soulful spirit will forever be with me as I go through life. He was with me in some of my darkest days, supporting my siblings and myself when our parents pass away, and in some of my best, as he officiated over my marriage on a stormy day 27 years ago. He was a rock in my life, someone that I knew, without question, would always be there with a hug, a laugh or simply to listen. He’s in a better place. I will miss him but I know that he is still here, still watching out for all of us, forever to to remain our rock.

“A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness; and what he ascertains, he gives to others.” Robert Green Ingersoll

Stephen Chase

June 28, 2020

One thing he said remains with me, "The biggest mistake any of us makes is believing we are in charge of our lives." I own that thanks to Gregory. I will always think of his kindnesses.

William Spence

June 27, 2020

I am so sad to hear of Father Gregory Norris’ passing! He was a good friend and great priest.
I had the honor and privilege of knowing
Fr. Norris and serving at the altar when he was Rector of Church of the Ascension in Chicago. He was a very kind, compassionate and caring man who had a huge heart and tremendous faith. RIP Father Gregory. ❤️

Tanya and Jarrel Calhoun

June 27, 2020

June 26, 2020

Fr. George, Jarrel and I are so very saddened to hear of the repose of our beloved friend Fr. Protodn. Gregory (Ed) Norris.
May his memory be eternal!
"Blessed is the way in which thou shalt walk today, O soul; for a place of rest is prepared for thee."

Brett Bagwell

June 26, 2020

I played with Ed several years in the viola section of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. He always enjoyed discussing Wagner operas and talking about the different live performances he had attended and which ones were his favorite. He was always in a great mood and in no way acted his age! Our viola section won’t be the same without him and I will miss our conversation. I am glad to have known Ed and to have shared the experience and pleasure of making music with him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY