Otha Lee Norris Jr

Otha “Lee” Norris Jr., 71, of Bryan went home to be with the Lord on Thursday October 17, 2019. A Celebration of Life is set for 2pm Saturday, October 26, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave. in Bryan. All friends and guests are invited to a Reception immediately following also at Callaway-Jones.

Lee was born in Leon County, just outside of Normangee, on December 8, 1947, and has lived in Bryan College Station for most of his lifetime. He is a graduate of A&M Consolidated High School and worked as a machinist for the Cyclotron Institute division of Texas A&M University for 20 plus years until his retirement.

Lee was a kind and generous man. He was a loving husband and father and doting grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially loved spending time with and spoiling his grandchildren. He attended and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Bedias. Lee was an avid bowler and a member of the USBC, bowling weekly in the local leagues.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Leann Norris; father, Otha Lee Norris; mother, Lula Valentine Norris; and sister, Lou Richards.

Survivors include his loving wife, Brenda Hines Norris; proud children, Otha “Lee” Norris III, Jolynn Reynolds, Danielle Barron, Nikki Gorman, Zeke Conner; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Frances Ogletree, Nancy Zboril, Kaye Ball; and many nieces & nephews.

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  1. Deeply saddened to hear of Lee’s passing. He was a great friend and an excellent and talented machinist. He will always be remembered with warm memories by all who had the good fortune to know him.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. He was a good person and a great cousin. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. To Brenda and the Family, so sorry for your loss. Love Lee, such a loving, caring, funny, and hard working man. Loves the Lord and his Family. You all are in our prayers.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss, my God’s arms be wrapped around this family and give them the comfort they need.

  5. Otha Lee was such a gentle, patient kind soul. I never once heard him raise his voice. He was a decent helpful person. I remember him coming to play cards at our home when I was a kid. My daddy always called him, Oppa Lee and dear sweet Otha never once corrected him. My heart and prayers go out to his family, especially Nancy (my sis-in-law), during this difficult and trying time.

    Frances Zboril Dotson

  6. Lee was like a uncle to me my father Alton Fowler bowled wit him at triangle bowl almost my whole life my heart goes out to his son Lee and nephew Chris Norris also to the rest of his family u in my prayers

  7. Dear Brenda and whole family, Joe & I are very, very sorry, along with you, in your loss of Lee. We counted him among our Cyclotron friends and will miss getting to see you together occasionally, now that we are all retired. This is a very hard time for you, and we will be keeping you in our hearts.

  8. I played on the same Little League team with Otha Lee in Hearne when we were kids. He was our pitcher back then. I haven’t seen much of him since then, but I never forget how hard he played. It looks like he had a good life with lots of family. Good for him. My prayer is that family members be comforted by Holy Spirit and be able to remember him fondly.

  9. We are so saddened by Lee’s passing! I have known Lee since he lived across the street from us in Aldine when I was a little girl. He and my dad, Donald, have been like brothers through the years.

    Praying for Brenda, Little Lee and all of the other kids and grandkids.

    Sherry Owens Reeves

  10. Although we were first cousins, and our families visited frequently when we were children, I was several years older then Otha Lee. He would have only been eleven years old when I left for the Marine Corps. However, Mary and I have enjoyed getting acquainted and reacquainted with him at the Hutchins family reunions and will really miss him and his famous banana pudding next June.
    Our sincere condolences to the family.


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