PITTSFIELD and PLYMOUTH – Alvin L. Norris, 85, died Feb. 21, 2014, at a Pittsfield health care facility surrounded by his family. He was born June 18, 1928, in Detroit, a son of Lewis and Cora (Smith) Norris.
Alvin attended Detroit and Dixmont schools and enjoyed his early years at the family farms in both communities. He iserved in the U.S. Navy, the National Guard in Fort Drum, N.Y., and the Naval Reserve in Bangor. He was a member of the Barrows-Skidgel Post No. 105 American Legion in Newport. He was employed as a handsewer for many years and then as a night watchman for 16 years, both at Dexter Shoe in Dexter, and later in Newport.
Alvin is survived by his children, Robert and wife, Melissa Norris, of Newport, Glen and wife, Marchella Norris, of Ohatchee, Ala., Beverly and husband, Gerald Duplisea, of Burnham, David and wife, Marianna Norris, of Barefoot Bay, Fla., Richard and wife, Marion Norris, of Pittsfield, and Rachel Robinson of New York, N.Y.; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mabel Hart of Detroit. He was predeceased by his wife, Thelma in December 2012; two brothers, Roland and Linwood Norris; and a sister, Eleanor Whitney.
Friends may call 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport, followed by a brief service. Private burial will be at Dixmont Corner Cemetery in the spring. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com.