Dr. Joseph Peter Norris, 81, took his last breath on this earth and his first in heaven on July 8, 2012.
He was at home surrounded by his family who loved him very much.
He was born Feb. 15, 1931, in Shenandoah, Pa., the only son of the late Joseph P. Sr. and Helen Jackimouicz Norris.
He graduated from Penn State University in 1952 and Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1956. Immediately following his internship in Norristown, Pa., he entered the Army as a physician with the rank of Captain. In 1960, he began his Psychiatry residency and he continued in the general practice of Psychiatry until his retirement in 2008. His medical career has spanned 52 years; 39 were spent in Parkersburg. He valued his patients and enjoyed their friendship.
Through the years, he has been affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Camden Clark Medical Center, Marietta Memorial Hospital and Westbrook Mental Health Services. He provided services at clinics in Sistersville, Ripley and Spencer, W.Va., and in Athens, Logan and Nelsonville, Ohio. His private practice was at Worthington Center for Psychiatric Associates in Parkersburg.
Dr. Norris has been an active member of Grace Baptist Church since 1974, where he helped design an addition, served as treasurer and wrote an accounting program to convert the financial procedures to computer. Dr. Norris would make rounds at the hospitals early on Sunday mornings so that he could regularly attend church services. The emergency rooms knew where they could find him.
Dr. Norris enjoyed computer programming, gardening, fishing, astronomy and traveling. He was an avid reader of science, medical journals and of his Bible. He was mechanically inclined and could fix or understood how to fix so many things; plumbing, electrical or automotive. He supported numerous charities. He loved his family passionately.
Dr. Norris is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Lindsay McAbee Norris; two sons, Joseph P. Norris III (Julie) of New Jersey and Dr. David P. Norris of Ohio; two daughters, Charlotte Norris Parrish (Matthew) of New Jersey and Jennifer D. Norris of Parkersburg; six grandchildren, Jericho Norris, Ivy Norris, Caleb Norris, Benjamin Parrish, Shaun Parrish and Sophia Parrish; and one sister, Eleanor Norris Fescina.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Parkersburg. The family will receive friends from noon-2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with American Legion Post 15 providing full military rights.
Memorials may be made to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, 304-757-0944 ext. 105, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 800-457-6676 or Amedisys Hospice Services, 304-424-6270.
We wish to sincerely thank Dr. Hanna, the staff of Amedysis Hospice and Comfort Keepers for their wonderful care. We are especially grateful to his nurse, Kathy Hart McGee, Aimee Miller, CNA, and Sharon Hart.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.leavittfuneralhome.com