Betty Norris

May 9, 1938May 3, 2021
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On May 9, 1938, a baby girl was born to Ruben and Genie Johnson in Henderson, Tx. They named her Betty Rae Johnson. She was the second youngest of seven children. Betty accepted Christ and was baptized at a young age.

Betty loved her family. She loved being a provider and a source of comfort for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Betty was known as "Bigmama" to everyone because she was everyone's mama regardless of who you were or where you came from. On Sundays, Bigmama kept a full house. She always had a pot of beans, a pot of greens, a pan of cornbread, and some type of meat on the stove. Bigmama made sure that anyone who came to her house left with a full belly, including all the friends of her grandchildren.

Bigmama never met a stranger; she was loved by all people she encountered. She had a les- son to teach everyone; like how to clean the kitchen, grow your hair, cook hot water corn- bread, save money, keep a secret stash, pay bills on time, add bleach to the dishwater, love your family and so much more.

Bigmama was an avid shopper. When the house was empty, which was hardly ever, you could find Betty sitting in her favorite chair ordering clothes from magazines. If she want- ed anything, she would buy it, or she would show one of her children or grandchildren a catalogue because she knew they would purchase it for her. Besides shopping, Bigmama kept a notebook full of phone numbers. She would flip through the pages of that notebook until she found the number of who she wanted to call whether it was her siblings, children or grandchildren. Bigmama didn't want anything, but to hear their voice. She would talk about what she saw on the news, ask what they were cooking and tell them to treat the kids right. The best part about the phone calls was the ending because Bigmama never said bye; she would just hang up the phone. For her, when she was done talking, she was done talking.

Bigmama entered eternal life on Monday, May 3, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruben and Genie Johnson; her husband, Roosevelt Norris, her partner later in life, Eugene Reagins; her sisters Maggie Little and Ruby Holmes; her brother, James Johnson; and her sons, Marcus Johnson and Ray Charles Johnson.

Left to cherish memories of her are: Her brothers: Billie Johnson (Sheila), Jimmie Johnson (Margaret) and Otis Johnson; Her children: Darcus Johnson, Tina Simmons (Charles), Alisia Shotwell, Teresa Norris, Latonia Gray (Kelvin), Nicole Roquemore (Rodger), Roosevelt Johnson; Her stepdaughter: Debra Norris; Her sister-in-law: Marie Norris; Her grandchildren: Vernon Shotwell Jr. (Tamika), Jermaine Shotwell (Dominique), Cha-tina Clark, Fleater Norris, Charlene Bradley (Dunya), Lisa Okoye (Chukwuma), Kelvin Gray Jr. (Allison), Tenecia Gray, Charita Stubblefield (Tasha), John Stubblefield III, Ashley Whitley- Collins (Wade), Fred Whitley, Ronaya Roquemore, Charles U. Johnson, Charles Steward (Elaine), Asa Lewis, Lorenzo Lewis, Charles Lewis.; and a host of great grandchildren, great- great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 15, 2021


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Vanessa Norris Baines

May 15, 2021

Aunt Betty my Love. From your Niece Vanessia. I’m miss that peach cobbler I’m sure one of the girls got that recipe and will keep it going. RIP Auntie.

Osband Holmes

May 15, 2021

My Aunt Betty l am very sad because of being very selfish. l would call you to see how you were doing and to ask you how to cook this and how to cook that. The last time we talked, we talked about how to make banana pudding. You were giving me the ingredients l stop writing but keep talking because l remembered why l couldn't eat that kind of food anymore. But l still cheat and that was too much to get away with. As l have gotten older l have learned that when our elders die we lose a whole library which is part of our wealth. That lost is indescribable. So now l am Gratefully Grateful that l had the privilege to have read a lot of books of My Aunt Betty's library. My allergies must be really bad because l can barely see right now l know l am not alone (Man) Osband Johnson Holmes

alfreddie mitchell

May 15, 2021

My Condolences To The Family.

Tamika James

May 15, 2021

Thank you Miss Betty for always loving me and my boys. Thank you for the constant love that you showed. You didn't just say it but you showed us that you loved us and I love you for that. I will definitely miss you for sure.
To the family, you have my deepest my deepest condolences. I will continue to pray for you guys and keep in touch. Love you and thank you all for sharing her with us.

Marsha Hadnot - Johnson

May 12, 2021

Condolences to the Norris Family.
Teresa you and your family are in my thoughts.
Please know that your friends love you and are here for you.

Pleasantville ES.

Sugar Shotwell

May 8, 2021

We all love you and miss you! Until we meet again...
Love June, Jd, Lauren and Sugar

Roosevelt Norris

May 7, 2021

My Sunday best for you!
Love your baby boy

Alisia Shotwell

May 7, 2021

You will always be my queen!
Love you always, Sugar

Tenecia Gray

May 7, 2021

We love and miss you Big Mama so much, I know you’ll be watching over Baby Eriyan once she arrives.
Love you beyond infinity,

Tenecia, Aaron, Kali , Mikla and baby Eriyan

Vernon & Tamika Shotwell

May 6, 2021

We love you Big Mama and you will forever be missed. Love Jr, Tamika and the kids