Lucretia Wilburn Norris

Published 4:00 pm Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lucretia Wilburn Norris, 92, of Jefferson, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Marengo Nursing Home after a short illness.

She was born Jan. 22, 1922, one of four children to the late Hugh and Bessie Wilburn. She spent her youth in Demopolis, graduating from Demopolis High School and Draughn Business College in Montgomery. She married James Albert Norris Sr. on Feb. 1, 1942, and made their home in Jefferson where they raised four children. She was a loving and caring wife and mother.



After graduating, she began working at the Marengo County ASCS office and later served as Postmaster of the Jefferson Post Office for 40 years.

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She has loved and been an active member in the Jefferson Baptist Church for 72 years. She taught Sunday School and served as church treasurer for more than 60 years. She was also a member of the choir.

Lucretia was very active throughout the Jefferson Community and was a charter member of the Jefferson Community Club. Other organizations where she served are the Demopolis chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Marengo County Genealogical Society, Historical Society, United Methodist Women, Jeffersom Community Cemetery committee and organized a yearly class reunion.

She was a wonderful cook, noted for her chicken pie and caramel cakes. She also greatly enjoyed gardening, canning, freezing, making preserves and working in her flowers. She was very interested in genealogy and was always glad to help others trace their family histories.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh Harrell Wilburn and Bessie Patterson Wilburn; husband, James Albert Norris Sr.; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Steffens.

She leaves to cherish her memory three sons, James Albert (Judy) Norris Jr. of Brandon, Miss., Marriman Harrell (Brenda) Norris of Albany, Ga., and George Henry (Carol) Norris of Jefferson; daughter, Mary Beth Shankles of Hot Springs, Ark.; brother, John Clark (Anita) Wilburn of Demopolis; sister, Daisy Louise (Jimmy) Little of Hartselle; seven grandchildren, Todd Shankles of Atkins, Ark., Bart Shankles of Little Rock, Ark., Drew Shankles of Brookhaven, Miss., Kim (Mike) Brown of Fairhope, Jay (Ashley) Norris of Madison, Miss., Jeff (Sarah) Norris of Jackson, Miss., and Jack (Stephanie) Norris of Gulfport, Miss.; 10 great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Baptist Church with the Rev. Daniel Gandy and the Rev. Tony Antonelli officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing. Burial will follow in the Jefferson Community Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be Todd Shankles, Bart Shankles, Drew Shankles, Mike Brown, Jay Norris, Jeff Norris and Jack Norris.

Memorials may be made to the Jefferson Community Cemetery Fund, 25614 Alabama Highway 28, Demopolis, AL 36732.