Reverend William "Johnny" Norris, 79 of Cashiers, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 10th. Johnny was born in Macon County on March 18, 1943 to the late Warner and Lucy Norris.
Johnny is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Mary Smith Norris. Also surviving are his three children; Melodye Norris, Matt Norris, and Charlie (Kristi) Norris; one grandson, Evan Norris; one brother, JC (Sheraldean) Norris; and a cousin that he loved like a sister, Mary "Puzz" Clark. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Johnny's passion was people...nothing brought him greater joy than serving others and being the hands and feet of Jesus in their lives.
Johnny pastored many churches during his ministry. He considered himself a friend and pastor to everyone. He was always there when needed. Johnny started his ministry at Heady Mountain Baptist Church and he delivered his last message at Heady Mountain.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday March 24th at Cashiers Baptist Church with the Revs. Lewis Smith, Hayward Tomblin, Josh Holden, and Jeremy Queen officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Pine Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Appalachian Funeral Services to help with funeral expenses.