Dorothy Burke Norris

Published 12:41 pm Friday, October 4, 2019

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Dorothy Burke Norris

October 3, 2019

Dorothy Burke Norris, 89, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019.

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The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott Messer and Rev. David Grubbs officiating.  Interment will be at Roselawn Memory Gardens with Chris Easterwood, Brad Norris, Greg Norris, Jeff Johnson, Tim Williamson and Waylon Parrish serving as active pallbearers.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at In lieu of flowers, per Miss Dorothy’s request, memorial donations may be made to Grace Hospice Foundation, 655 Brawley School Road, Suite 200, Mooresville, NC  28117.

Dorothy Rebecca Burke was born September 28, 1930 in Colquitt, Ga., the daughter of Joseph and Pearl Braswell Burke. She graduated from Miller County High School. She married James Enoch Norris, Sr. and made their home in Southwest Georgia. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene.

Affectionately known as “The Coffee Lady” at the Circle K Truck Stop, Miss Dorothy never met a stranger. Her nature was to nurture so those that got to know her also called her MeMaw. She loved the Lord and her church. She lived out her faith by being the hands and feet of Jesus to anyone she encountered. A spry thing, Miss Dorothy would work in her yard and cook all day if she knew the family was coming over. When she was just looking for a special treat, she would say, “Let’s go out to eat.”

Survivors include her children, Shelia & Ray Johnson, Rita & Marvin Bailey all of Bainbridge, and Jim & Linda Norris of Goshen, Ky.; her seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Miss Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Norris, Sr.; and her granddaughter, Amanda Norris.