James W. Norris

September 25, 1929 ~ February 19, 2024

James W. Norris, 93, of Lake Charles, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024, at a local hospice facility.  James was born in Baton Rouge on September 25, 1929, to James and Bessie Norris.

Upon graduation from high school he attended Louisiana State University majoring in chemical engineering.  Upon receiving his degree he entered the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant.  He was stationed at Barksdale Air Force base and assigned to the special weaponry unit.  He served for 2 years during the Korean Conflict.  While stationed in Bossier, he met the love of his life Helen Williams.  He remained in the Air Force Reserves for 8 years as a 1st Lieutenant.  They married and he went to work in Lake Charles, Louisiana with Citgo Petroleum, where he worked until he retired after 30 plus  years.  He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club and a long time member of First Baptist Church of Lake Charles, where he held many leadership roles.  One of his greatest pleasures was serving people and sharing his faith.  He was generous with his giving, but humble in taking credit.

He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, his son James Douglas, daughters Sharon and Billie Jean.

Left to honor and cherish his memory are his grandsons, Christopher Norris, wife Cyrena, great granddaughter Saffron and Jared Norris.  Brother in law John Williams and sisters in law Beth Stough and Gloria Hearn, several nieces and nephews as well as many friends.

It could be said of him that he fought the good fight, he shared his faith, and has won the race.  He would want you to know that life is precious and not to waste a minute in regret of what could have been but to look forward to what can be and rejoice in the Lord always.

The family would like to thank the staff of The Guardian for their loving care of Mr. Norris for the last four months  and to the staff at Harbor Hospice for their tender care in the last days of his life.  A special acknowledgement to the staff and ownership of Southern Spice for the years of companionship and meals he happily indulged in on a daily basis.

In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to the building fund of First Baptist Church of Lake Charles, Gideon International or any worthy cause of your choosing.

Visitation will be from 12:00PM until 2:00PM Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Johnson Funeral Home, 4321 Lake St., Lake Charles, LA. 70605.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00PM also at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Consolata Cemetery.


Visitation: Saturday, February 24, 2024
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Funeral Service: Saturday, February 24, 2024
2:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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  1. First Baptist Church of Lake Charles has been incredibly blessed over the years that Jim Norris was a faithful member and servant of the Lord. After Helen’s homegoing, Jim carried on in faithful service to the Lord and through his church. He will be missed. He was loved and deeply appreciated. Our prayers go out to his grandsons and the rest of his family.
    Johnny and Kathy Dammon, Pastor
    First Baptist Church, Lake Charles

  2. Jim suffered many tragedies during his lifetime. He never faltered on his faith and maintained a relationship with his grandsons. He will be missed.
    We will be forever grateful for Laurie and everything she did for Jim.
    Natalie (Norris) Miller

  3. Jim was my brother-in-law and also a special friend . He was married to my sister Helen for 46 years. Our children were close in age and grew up together in many wonderful experiences through the years. Helen was my bed partner growing up in a big family. Helen was the closest person in my life until we both married and had our own families. We continued to have a very strong relationship and after her death and my late husband, Dr. George Hearn we became very close as brother and sister -in-law. I am looking forward to being with all my loved ones in heaven and especially getting to be with Jesus!

  4. Candle 2I met Jim Norris in the mid 70s at Citgo. He was working in the Petrochemical plant. I knew him as a quiet man of integrity but with a ready laugh. He was also a good engineer and well respected. Later he came into the Environmental Department where I worked and eventually became the manager of that department. A number of years later, post retirement, we reconnected in an informal monthly lunch group of former Citgo employees and I always enjoyed his presence and friendship. He was a good man and will always be missed, but I know he is with his Lord and savior Jesus Christ and I shall see him again.

  5. Jim was a good friend; we worked together at Citgo and remained in touch during retirement. We maintained having monthly lunches (Southern Spice Restaurant) with a group of retirees for years. We shared memories and varied opinions that bonded our friendship.
    I admired Jim’s resilience and grace, handling life challenges – family tragedies, health – with strength and forward-looking manner. Jim will be greatly missed.
    My sincere condolences to the family.

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