Rev. John T. Norris.

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
June 30, 1898 Page 1:
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Rev. John T. Norris.

A Good Man and Useful Citizen Passes Away.

After Illness of Long Time.

Funeral Largely Attended—Beautiful Tributes Paid to the Deceased by Ministers.

Rev. John T. Norris died, at his home, on Erwin street in this city at about 4 o’clock, on Saturday evening last.

Mr. Norris’ death was the result of a paralytic stroke received some time ago and a condition in which the heart was involved. He had almost entirely abandoned business matters more than a year ago, and though much enfeebled, took drives and kept his bed as little as possible. His final severe illness lasted only a few days.

Mr. Norris was born January 21, 1836, at Columbus, Ga. His education was at Emory College, he having graduated in the class of 1856 with first honor. Among his classmates was Rev. Young J. Allen, the noted missionary, between whom and Mr. Norris there was a warm friendship. In the fall of 1856 he entered the Georgia Methodist Conference and filled stations at Washington, Savannah and Dalton.

He moved to Cartersville in 1859, and was a resident constantly of the city up to his death. He made fire insurance his business, which he gave his attention, but continued to preach at times, being made a supernumerary by the North Georgia Conference. The conference last fall placed him on the superannuated list.

In Mr. Norris’ death Cartersville loses an esteemed and useful citizen. Many regarded him as their very highest ideal of manhood. He was kind and gentle in his nature, with truth, right, purity and goodness always seemingly uppermost in his mind. His piety was unostentatious but deep and unswerving.

Mr. Norris possessed an intellect of no ordinary cast. His discourses were always full of the richest thought and clothed in faultless expression. But for a defect in his voice he would have easily taken rank with Georgia’s most powerful and eloquent divines.

Mr. Norris was married twice. His fist wife was Miss Ella Reid de Jarnette, by whom he leaves four children: Misses Mamie O., Emie and Maud Norris and Mr. John T. Norris, Jr. His last wife, who was Miss Bass, of Floyd county, also survives him.

The funeral took place at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock and was largely attended. Revs. B. P. Allen and W. H. Patterson officiated and both made appropriate and touching remarks regarding the deceased. The remains were laid to rest at Oak Hill.


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