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Monroe Norris

Thursday, January 10, 2002

THEBES, Ill. -- Monroe Norris, 83, of Thebes died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Jan. 8, 1919, at Commerce, Mo., son of James Martin and Fannie Lofton Norris. He and Virginia Pauline Sickler were married Feb. 26, 1935. She preceded him in death. He and Georgette Sue White Meggs were married Jan. 18, 1975.

Norris worked 28 years at Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Marion, Ill., and then worked at Bunge Corp. in Cairo, Ill. He was a member and served as a trustee at First Free Will Baptist Church in Olive Branch, Ill.

He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Anita Cook of Marion, Danetta Taylor of McClure, Ill., Susan Stevens and Robyn Walden of Thebes; a son, Travis Meggs of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Ilene Milne of Tampa, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, a brother, and a sister.

Friends may call at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., from 5-8 p.m. Friday, and at First Free Will Baptist Church after 10 a.m. Saturday.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Curt Alderson officiating. Burial will be in Freedom Cemetery at Marion, with military rites conducted by Heyde-Pillow VFW Post 1301.