Jimmy Eugene Norris, 82, of Richmond, died Monday, July 15, 2019, at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.
Jimmy was born on December 16, 1936, in Fishing River Township, Ray County, the son of Clarence B. “Punk” and Carrie “Joy” (Wood) Norris. He was united in marriage to Vicenta Antoranz Herrero of Segovia, Spain, on June 10, 1964; she survives of the home.
Additional survivors include: two sons, Charles Dee Norris of Richmond and Jamie Christopher Norris of Lutz, FL; two daughters, Jacqueline Francisca (Randal) Howard of San Diego, CA, and Maria Antonia Betty Allnut of San Diego, CA; seven grandchildren: AnnaMarie Allnutt, Siena Allnutt, Aaron Allnutt, Courtney Allnutt, Jourdan Howard, Angelica Norris, and Hannah Norris; and two sisters, and one brother in-law, Peggy Ann (Junior) Hackett of Richmond and Betty Louise Mitchell of Richmond.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Billy Don Norris, Parrish Lynn Norris, and Jeffrey “Wayne” Norris.
Jimmy was a career military man with many awards of accomplishment, serving in the United States Air Force from 1954, until he retired in 1980. Upon his retirement, he attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He was a Vietnam War Veteran. Jimmy was a member of the Ray County Veterans, where he belonged to the American Legion Post #237 and the Richmond VFW Post #4398. He served as Commander of the Legion from 2003 to 2004 and was a member of the Funeral Military Honors Team. Jimmy was a member of the Camden Masonic Lodge. He was also a lifetime member of the Liberty Lodge 70, Spain, and Disabled American Veterans.
After his service to the country, Jimmy worked for Walmart in Richmond, the Lake City Arsenal, and the Post Office in Liberty. In 2002, Jimmy recieved his belated Excelsior Springs High school diploma, after his military call of duty. Jimmy enjoyed taking his wife Vicenta to coffee every day and visiting with everyone from the local diners. Always a laugh and a kind word.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ray County Veterans Memorial Park Association. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street-P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.
Visitation with memorial services will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, with visitation beginning at 12:30 P.M., with services to follow at 1:30 P.M. A Masonic Lodge Service will be held at 12:15 P.M. at the funeral home, prior to visitation. Inurnment will follow services in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville. Please share your memories of Jimmy by visiting www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.
Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Sullivan, of the United States Air force, from Whiteman air force base, flew the American Flag in the Stealth Bomber over Richmond on July 31, 2019, to honor and in memory of SMSGT Jim Norris for over 5 hours. From our family and friends to LT Col Sullivan: Thank you for your tribute to SMSGT Jim Norris; he will be greatly missed by everyone.