DUBLIN - Services for Sy Norris who passed away peacefully with his son Larry and daughter Sheryl at his bedside will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Harrell Memorial Chapel with burial to follow in the Carlton Cemetery. Visitation will be held this evening from 6-8 p.m. at Harrell funeral Home.
Sy Norris was born in Gorman to Elsie and Bill Norris. The family eventually settled in Dublin where he attended and graduated from Dublin High School. In addition to being an outstanding student he was a stand-out athlete especially in football, graduated from Dublin High School in 1940. After graduation he attended Tarleton State College in Stephenville before transferring to the University of Texas where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology.
He married Shirley (Fanning) Norris on Sept. 9, 1951. Together they had three children Bill, Larry and Sheryl.
After graduation from college Sy received a commission in the United States Army. In Addition to serving numerous postings in the States he also served tours of duty in France, Germany, two tours in Viet Nam and one tour in Somalia. He was the recipient of two Bronze Star Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal and numerous other medals and awards. He also earned a second Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Corps of Engineers after 22 years of service.
After retirement from the army he and Shirley settled on the family ranch outside of Dublin. He also went to work for Tarleton State University where he became the Vice President of Physical Facilities. During his time at Tarleton he oversaw a nearly complete overhaul of the campus. Among his accomplishments was the building of the Administration Building, the Clyde Wells Fine Arts Center and the renovation of numerous other buildings and dorms. Also he personally designed and oversaw the building of the current TSU football stadium. In 1990 he retired from Tarleton and spent full time on his passion of raising cattle.
Sy was a longtime member of the First Baptist church of Dublin.
He is survived by his wife Anastatia Knight-Norris, son Bill Norris and wife Mary of Dublin, son Larry Norris and wife Becky of Dublin and daughter Sheryl Akins and husband Don of Benbrook. He is also survived by grandchildren John Whitt, Valerie Norris, Alex Norris and Krysta Kennedy. He has eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Shirley his wife of 49 years, his wife Wanda Norris and grandson Charlie Norris.