EDMESTON — Norris Arnold, of Edmeston, went home to the Lord Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown, with the thoughts and prayers of his family in his heart.
He was born on Jan. 5, 1937, in Wilna. His family moved to New Berlin when he was a young teen. He played baseball and basketball in school and after. Norris served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1961. He was employed by Chicago Pneumatic in Utica for 30 years.
Upon retirement, Norris worked for Edmeston Central School as a bus driver for 14 years. He enjoyed his daily bus runs as well as driving students to and from many activities and sporting events. To some of the kids he was lovingly referred to as “Mr. Norris” or “Chuck Norris.”
Norris was a member of the Burlington Flats Baptist Church.
He enjoyed golf, playing in league and on many weekends with family and friends. In addition, he watched many sporting events on TV with his son, Tim and his dog, Maggie, by his side. He was often busy with woodworking, gardening and other projects around the house; taking great pleasure in creating things with his hands. Norris also had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes on family members and friends alike. He touched a lot of lives and will be missed by many.
Norris loved his family deeply and enjoyed time during school breaks with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was taken too soon from us but we hold on to knowing that he’s now in heaven with loving family members who predeceased him, including his great- grandson, Riley.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda; his children Carol Ann, Kathleen and husband, Roger, Timothy; grandchildren, Mellisa, Alicia, Cassandra, Carrie, Chelsea; great-grandchildren, Angela, Hailey, Jacob, Abigail, Mason, Matthew; in-laws, Fred and Linda, Christine; uncle Gary; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church with the Rev. Jay Henderson officiating. Calling hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Houk-Johnston- Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
Interment will be in Edmeston Union Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in memory of Norris to the Burlington Flats Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
Condolences to the family may be left online at www.hjtfuneralhome.com.