Joseph Robert "Bob" Norris Jr.

July 25, 1942January 8, 2020

On January 8, 2020, Joseph Robert “Bob” Norris, Jr., loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Bob was born on July 25, 1942 in Los Angeles, California to Joe and Thresa Norris.

Bob, also known as the “Mayor of Gorge Court,” “Baba” (according to his 2-year old grandson), or “Monster Bob,” could almost always be found tinkering in his (very messy) garage on a classic car, in his uniform of an In-N-Out t-shirt and white new balance tennis shoes. He owned over 100 cars in his lifetime, rebuilding many of them from scratch. A stray-cat magnet, he enjoyed the last several years of his life with his little black kitty Vivi always by his side.

In his younger years, Bob played college football at Pacific College and held many professions, ultimately retiring from a construction management position with William C. Vick Construction Company. Throughout the years he was also a teacher, realtor, and owned his own iron shop.

Also a cancer survivor, and having raised five hormonal, teenage children, Bob has had quite the journey over the years. One thing that has remained steady is the unwavering support, care, and love from his wife of almost 32 years, whom he lovingly referred to as his “Peanut” (at the embarrassment of his children). Although this disease took his mind long ago, the comfort he still clearly felt while in the presence of his wife speaks volumes of her commitment to him, the marriage they shared, and the life they built together.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joel, and sister Roberta. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his five children, Heidi Dawson (husband Curtis), Corey Norris (wife Jennie), Cassidy Pritchard (husband Miles), Hayley Kennel (husband Ross), and J.R. Norris; five grandchildren, Lauren, Trevor, Katie, Leo, and Henry; and many friends who are like family.

A service celebrating Bob's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11th at Mitchell Funeral Home, located at 7209 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Family will receive friends following the service during the reception.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Transitions LifeCare (Hospice) for their constant support and care during Bob’s final days. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Transitions LifeCare in Bob’s name.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Reception To Follow Saturday, January 11, 2020


Joseph Robert "Bob" Norris Jr.

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Judy pitman

January 12, 2020

Bob was a friend of our family in the late 1970's and 1980's along with Paula, Heidi, & Corey. We all lived on the same block in LaHabra, California. Our kids grew up together! We enjoyed watching our young people play sports, cheer, and attend Sunday School, and have kept in touch since we all moved to various other states, as recently as Christmas, 2019, with our exchange of cards and catch-up news. Bob will be missed by his family , for sure. God Bless Each of you at this time, and in the months ahead. Thankfully, Bob's legacy will continue in the hearts of your big family!

Leonard Bosinski

January 10, 2020

I knew Bob in school. I can't think of a single negative, a good man. I can't think of higher praise. I will miss him, He had a very pleasant easygoing attitude. He always made time for his friends, attended the reunions and I looked forward to seeing him there. God Bless!

Richard and Adele Doll

January 8, 2020

Miles and Cassidy - So sorry for your loss.
Richard and Adele