Thomas David Norris
November 25, 1926 – January 2, 2019
Thomas David (T.D.) Norris, 92, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Visitation will be Friday, January 4, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m., at Kilgore Green Funeral Home.
Norris was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. He was an outstanding lineman on the 1943 Viking football team which was undefeated. He was synonymous with sports and graduated from Walker County High School in 1944. He also played football on the only team that Walker College ever fielded.
Norris signed a scholarship to play basketball and baseball at Auburn University. He majored in pharmacy. However, an injury to his father in 1944 caused him to make a choice, pursue a promising baseball career or come home to help his family. True to his character, he chose to help his family through this very trying time. He took a position with the United States Postal Service where he worked for 35 years. He had always wanted this job as a rural carrier until his retirement.
His most ambitious sports venture was becoming a Southeastern Conference (SEC) referee for 15 years. Norris called basketball games across the nation. As a sports-minded father and citizen through the years, he coached numerous little league teams, including the B-team football team at Walker High School in 1953-54, and helped found the Jasper Quarterback Club. He was later inducted into the Walker High School Hall of Fame and the Walker County Sports Hall of Fame. Norris was a lifelong member of Jasper’s First Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred Herman Norris and Lois Screws Norris; his brother, Fred Norris, and sister, Earline Crocker.
Mr. Norris is survived by his wife of 69 years, Hallie Brown Norris; son, Thomas David Norris Jr. and his wife Margie; daughter, Brownie Cunningham and her husband Jim; and 6 grandchildren, Kelly Mitchell and her husband Justin, Jimbo Cunningham and his wife Cheri, Lindsey Cunningham, Thad Norris, Jeff Norris and his wife Sarah and Buck Norris and his wife Kerri and 8 great grandchildren.
- Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2019
- Burial Friday, January 4, 2019