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Norris F. Lee

September 29, 1924 September 3, 2010
Norris F. Lee
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Norris F. Lee, of Birmingham, died September 3, 2010. He was 85 years old. Norris was born September 29, 1924, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, to E. Jerrine (nee Payne) and Charles Lee.

Norris played basketball for Harrisonburg High School, and at 6�3� and 140 pounds, he earned the nickname �Birdlegs�. Growing up, he was a member of the Asbury Methodist Church and worked for Rocco Feeds. In 1943, Norris enlisted in the United States Navy and served proudly in the Philippines during the Second World War. Upon returning home, he enrolled in Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now known as Virginia Tech), from which he graduated in 1950 with a degree in accounting.

On December 26, 1949, he married Nancy Furry, and together Norris and Nancy raised two daughters. Professionally, Norris began his career at the Burroughs Corporation based in Richmond, Virginia. He worked his way up from Sales Representative to Product Manager in Burroughs� International Division in Detroit, and remained in that position until his retirement at age 62.

Extremely active in retirement, Norris golfed often, and also involved himself in numerous charitable projects, such as Meals on Wheels, Bread for the World, ACLU, church, choir, and neighborhood associations, the Senior Men�s Club of Birmingham, and many more. He was committed to improving the lives of others, which was evident in every aspect of his life. Norris was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy and his daughters, Debbie (Bill) Powers and Jennie (John) Stinson. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Stephanie (Jason) Sonnenfelt, Laura Stinson and Jeffrey (Courtney) Stinson. Norris is preceded in death by his brothers, Harold, Overton and Irvin.

Memorial service at First United Methodist Church, 1589 W. Maple, Birmingham, Saturday, October 30, 2010, at 2pm.

Memorials appreciated to Alzheimer�s Association, 20300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076 or Hunger Ministry of First United Methodist Church, 1589 W. Maple Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009.


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