Howard Glenn “Bubba” Norris, age 86, passed into Jesus’ Kingdom on May 1, 2016. A funeral service to celebrate his life was conducted May 4 by Rev. Bruce Hancock, followed with burial in the Quaker Cemetery. Howard was born in Camden, SC on 10/31/1929 to Henry D. Norris and Allies Price Norris. Pall bearers were Paul Cameron, Woody Dunwoody, Chip Marshall, Jimmy Neal, Hank Norris, and Brian Raley.
Howard was predeceased by his parents; brother, McKay Norris, and sister Betty Allan Norris. Bubba is survived by his wife of 67 years, Esther Lee Norris; daughters, Debra Kellogg, and Vicki Palmer (Steve) of Florence, SC; son Howard L. Norris; grandson, Robbie Kellogg (Jennifer), who was considered a son; great-grandchildren (“Little Squirts”), Kaitlyn, Jessica, and Kayla Kellogg; sister-in-law, Betty Sue Norris, and his special cousin, Barbara Rogers Eddings and numerous nieces and nephews.
Howard played on the 1944 Camden High state championship football team. He played for the 1947 state championship, was team captain and most valuable player, all conference, 2 time all state. He also played in the 1947 Shrine Bowl, and played football on scholarship for the University of South Carolina, whose team he followed and loved his entire life. Bubba owned the Pure Oil filling station and tire business into the 1960s and retired from DuPont after 27 years. He was a life-long member of First Baptist Church of Camden, SC.
Howard’s favorite times were spent at Lake Wateree and the beach. His life’s dream was to build a beach house at Cherry Grove, which he enjoyed with his friends and family. His other passions were his animals and watching the Camden High Bulldogs and USC football games. Ever the optimist, never a bad word for anyone Bubba was a giving, compassionate, caring man with a servant’s heart. There has never been a kinder and more loving husband and parent. He will be greatly missed. Howard’s family wishes to thank the nurses, nurse assistants, and administration of the Karesh Wing for their love and special care.
Memorials may be sent to Touch the World Ministries (orphanage), P. O. Box 218, Todd, NC 28684 or the Thiel-Meyer Pet Adoption Center, 128 Black River Road, Camden, SC 29020.