Bessie Helen Hicks Norris, age 97, of 302 Ridge Road, Boone, wen to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2019, at the home of her daughter, Jane Phillips of Tod.

Mrs. Norris was surrounded by her family and loved ones as she made this journey.

Bessie Helen Hicks Norris was born August 20, 1921 in Watauga County, a daughter of Thomas and Lillie Fair Arnette Hicks.

She is survived by four sons, Clark Norris and wife Sharon of Conover, Glen Norris and wife Barbara of Butler, Tennessee, Fred Norris and wife Jewel of Boone, Wade Norris and wife Brazilla of Boone; four daughters, Lisa Flynt and husband Tim of Maiden, Jane Phillips and husband Fred of Todd, Margaret Baird of Thomasville, and Rachel "Becky" Winebarger of Boone; one daughter-in-law, Paulette Norris of Elizabethton, Tennessee, and one son-in-law, Paul Townsend of Banner Elk. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 2 great great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Denver Norris; one daughter, Mary Helen Norris Townsend; one son, Walter Norris; two sisters, Hazel Hicks and Ella Mae Hicks Yates; seven brothers, Jack, Albert, Sam, Dale, Paul, Cecil and Bob Hicks; and one son-in-law, David Winebarger.

Funeral services for Bessie Helen Hicks Norris will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, at 1:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 12:00 until 1:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Pastor Burl Greer and a grandson, Joel Norris. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon, from 12:00 until 1:00, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, North Carolina, 28607;

The family would like to send a special thank-you to Elizabeth McKnight. She was an angel caregiver and a Godsend. The family also wishes to thank Medi Home Hospice of Ashe County. They were wonderful!

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