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02/10/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Norris Perry

Norris Wayne Perry
(d. 07 Feb 2014)

Warwick High School Class of 1959

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
   I am deeply saddened to report more sad news again this Monday. 
       Norris Perry, Warwick High School Class of 1959, passed away in Midlothian on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the age of 72. 

  I was also astonished to learn that his wife,   Laura Linn Perry (New Canaan Connecticut HS), had predeceased him in November. 

  Until recently, Norris was a frequent and valued contributor to our pages, and I shall sorely miss him.

  From Barry Rew (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA - 02/10/14, 6:06 AM:


Sad news.      Norris Perry passed away on February 7. Obituary in Richmond paper.

   Oh, Barry, I am so very sorry to hear this.  Thank you for letting me know.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Daily Press - 02/10/14:

  Norris Wayne Perry


PERRY, Norris Wayne, 72, of Midlothian, Virginia, passed in peace on February 7, 2014, surrounded by his children, after a brave battle with lymphoma.

Norris was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Laura Linn Perry of Midlothian, Virginia.

He is survived by his three children, Dana Linn Forsman of Richmond, Virginia, Travis Holmes Perry and his wife, Holly Christina Perry, of Fruita, Colorado and Laura Elizabeth Perry and her husband, Brian Robinson, of West Orange, New Jersey. Norris will be missed by his grandchildren, Elijah Lee Forsman, Lucas Holmes Perry and Nathan Holmes Perry.

Norris was preceded in death by his mother, Esther Annie Jefferson Perry; and his father, William Roscoe Elijah Perry, both of Newport News, Virginia.


Norris Perry



He is survived by his nephew, Perry Thomas Jungerman of Newport News, Virginia.

Mr. Perry will be sadly missed and deeply mourned by his faithful family friend of more than 30 years, Sheila Lang.

Born in Newport News, Virginia, Norris graduated from Warwick High School. He continued his education while working at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, at the apprentice school being awarded a Certificate of Apprenticeship as a Journeyman Patternmaker in 1963. Norris was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1968. While attending Rolla, Norris pledged Sigma Nu and made some of his most cherished life-long friendships.

Norris enjoyed a distinguished career in the railroad industry where he made lifelong friends and enjoyed extensive travel, especially when it included his wife.

The family made their home variously in Arnold, Maryland, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan and finally in Midlothian, Virginia. Norris loved music and playing the fiddle and the harmonica. His true passion was the outdoors, hunting and fishing, never missing a season whether in Canada, Mexico, Tangier Island, the Eastern Shore or his local hunt clubs. There was no better Sunday than one spent on the lake or the river on the boat with his wife.

His wit and dry humor, fierce dedication to his family and beloved pets, and strong work ethic, are what he will best be remembered for.

The family will receive friends 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 10, at Bliley's - Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Road, Richmond Virginia 23224. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, February, 11, at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 2700 Dolfield Road, Richmond, Va. 23235, followed by interment at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 12609 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, Va. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on February 10, 2014.
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February 10, 2014
I graduated from Warwick High School in 1959 with Norris.
I only spent my senior year @ Warwick, however, Norris and I bonded immediately and became the closest of friends.
Norris was a classy gentleman, and a very special friend.
I saw Norris and Laura last in the summer of 2011 in Las Vegas during their annual jaunt to the city of glimmering lights.
May the Lord bless and keep Norris and Laura, and give them eternal peace and happiness.

~ Ed Sullivan, Long Beach, California
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February 10, 201

Dear Dana, Travis and Laura,
I have known Norris since we were both in boy scouts. We have duck and goose hunted in Canada, Delaware, Maryland and Tangier Island in our later years. Norris was a great guy and a good friend. He will be missed. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Billy Hudgins, Newport News, Virginia

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I will miss the wonderfully political emails that Bro. Perry sent. My wife and I are grateful we were able to have dinner with Norris and Laura at one of their favorite restaurants when we visited them the summer of 2012. He will be missed.

~ Kenneth Ferguson, Saint Peters, Missouri

February 10
, 2014

Norris was one of the highlights of a summer we both spent in Newport News between years in college way back when. So full of life and adventure.

~ Suzanne Haff, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


February 10
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I graduated with Norris from Warwick High but really got to know him through our reunions and in playing bluegrass music with his dad, Bill. Norris was always full of life and was a fun loving and wonderful friend to everyone; we are so sorry for the recent passing of your mother and now your dad. Our prayers are with your entire family. Bob and Shelby Liston

~ Bob and Shelby Liston, Hampton, Virginia
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Norris' family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

  O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander
Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750

1. O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

2. What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

3. What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

"O Sacred Head" midi courtesy of - 04/08/06

"O Sacred Head" lyrics courtesy of - 04/08/06

Image of Charles Bosseron Chambers' Painting, "The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ", courtesy
of - 03/11/09

Image of Zabateri's Painting, "The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ", courtesy
of - 03/11/09

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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