Madisonville Democrat, (Monroe Co. TN) Wednesday, April 18, 1934, Page 3:
“W.T. Norris (Uncle Billy) died at his home at Mt. Vernon, Tuesday morning after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held this morning (Wednesday) from the home at 9:00 o’clock, with interment following in the cemetery at Maynardville, Tenn.
He is survived by his widow and four children, Mrs. Grady Sitzlar, Linton, Miss Ruth and Miss Kate Norris, all of Mt. Vernon.”
Madisonville Democrat, (Monroe Co. TN) Wednesday, May 2, 1934, Page 1:
“In Loving Memory---Our long loved friend, W.T. Norris of Mt. Vernon, departed this life Monday evening, April 6, 1934, after several months sickness.
Our friend was a native of Union County, Tenn. After nearly 30 years of his youthful life spent in Union County he, by some means best known to our Creator, guided down to our county, Monroe, where he married Miss Lola Ervin. To this union was born two children, one girl, now Mrs. Grady Sitzlar, one boy, Lyton.
In August 1907, his wife, Lola, departed this life. He afterward married Miss Della Ervin. To this union was born two children, Misses Ruth and Kathryn Norris.
Twenty-five years ago, Bill, as he was called, professed faith in Christ and joined the Eleazar Campground Methodist Church.
The writer has traveled many paths with Bill in the last 25 years over hills and mountains, across brooks and valleys. If Bill had a good thing to tell he always revealed it to me.
It gives us heartaches to give up a friend and companion like our deceased brother, but it must needs be. So let us look forward and bear our sorrows with patience that we, too, may say, as our brother has said, I am ready to depart this life in peace.
Personally, I know that Bill loved the good old revival days. He did not have to tell me in words, but action spoke so loud. It was inspiring to see the spirit filled man’s cup running over with joy. As nature burst forth the buds in the springtime, so also would our brother burst forth with joy.
Our friend was in bad health for two years or more. He could do little but look into the future or back into the past. I don’t think he (even though he did endure pain) thought much of the present, save only for others.
But in his yesterdays he must have thought much. I believe he went back to the days when day after day he drove his father’s shingle wagon over the up and down road to Knoxville. I believe he went back where he had made innumerable youthful footsteps over green fields and woodlands near his old home. Yes, and back by the old mill wheel where he helped his father work day by day, and into the old home where father and mother, brothers and sisters, spent the best of this life.
After the death of our dear friend, and the spirit had returned to the giver, the body was taken back to the old home burial ground in Union County and placed under a giant oak by his father and mother.
Bill was a good husband and father. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends, and may God’s blessings rest upon you all.
A Friend, R.F. Sitzlar
Mt. Vernon, Tenn.