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Joe C. Norris, 78, of Knoxville, TN, passed away Oct. 8, 2016, at Shannondale Health Care Center.
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville. Arrangements were under the direction of Berry Highland Memorial.
He was born Nov. 16, 1937, in Austin, TX, son of the late C.H. and Ora Beatrice Norris. He graduated from Central High School in Memphis, TN, in 1955 and the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1961.
He married Peggy Henley on March 3, 1968, and she survives.
He was a retired pharmacist at Baptist Memorial Hospital (BMH) in Memphis, TN, where he was employed for 29 years. He served in a number of roles including Assistant Director of Pharmacy at BMH Medical Center from 1974 to 1987 and Director of Pharmacy at BMH East from 1987 until his retirement in 1997. 
He was a former member of First Baptist Church in Ripley, TN, where he served as director of the Youth Sunday School Department, president of the Adult Choir, director of the Children's Choir, and member of the Handbell Ensemble. He also served on the board of directors of the Lauderdale County Arts Council and the Alex Haley Museum (Henning, TN). Later, he was a member of First Baptist Church Fairfield Glade, where he sang in the choir and served on the Finance Committee. Most recently, he was a member of Central Baptist Bearden.
He enjoyed fishing and University of Tennessee sports. He will be remembered as a kind and witty gentleman; an outstanding pharmacist, pharmacy leader and mentor to those in the profession; and a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and dear friend.
He is also survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Laura Norris of Knoxville and Kevin and Ashlee Norris of Murfreesboro, and four grandchildren, Nick Norris, Noah Norris, Parker Norris and Lexi Norris.
The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation and gratitude to the staff of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center (7 North), Shannondale Health Care Center and Life Care Center of Crossville for the love, compassion and excellent care given to Joe.
At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley House at 1719 Reynolds St., Knoxville, TN 37921.
Published on October 11, 2016
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