Barbara Simpson Norris

October 13, 1946 ~ May 4, 2020 (age 73)


Sumter, SC…Barbara “Gra-Gra" Simpson Norris, beloved wife of 54 years to John “Buddy” M. Norris Sr., entered eternal life on Monday, May 4, 2020 at Prisma Health Richland Hospital.

Born in Louisville, KY on October 13, 1946, she was a daughter of the late James Simpson and Rose Buckman Simpson.  Barbara was of Catholic faith and was a member of Our Lady of the Skies Faith Community at Shaw AFB where she served as a Lector. She was a member and past president of the Catholic Women of the Chapel.  She was retired from the National Bank of South Carolina.  During her husband’s Air Force career, she also was employed by General Telephone Co. in Sumter, the Internal Revenue Department in Oklahoma City, OK, National Grange Mutual Insurance Co in Syracuse, NY and Southern Bell Telephone Co. in Louisville, KY.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by; a son, John Malcolm Norris Jr. of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; a daughter, Lynn Michelle Norris Smith and her husband Eddie of Sumter; four grandchildren, Tyler Austin Smith, Adam Michael Smith, McKenzie Rose Smith and Madison Leigh Smith; a brother, James Thomas Simpson and his wife Sue of Smyrna, GA; a brother-in-law, Randolph W. Norris and his wife Rita of Savannah, GA; six special cousins, Rose Coomes, Mary Ann Carter, Patricia Gutman and her husband Ron, Martin Hartlage and his wife Sue, Kathleen Michels and her husband Ron all of Louisville, KY and Marilyn Follo of Torrance, CA and many loving nieces, nephews and second cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Msgr. Karl A. Chimiak officiating.  A private family inurnment will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 2:00pm at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery.

The memorial service will be live streamed and may be viewed by going online at and clicking on the obituary page of Barbara Simpson Norris.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020, from 5:00-7:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to The Shiner’s Hospital, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC  29605-4277.

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May 7, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bullock Funeral Home
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150

Memorial Service
May 8, 2020

12:00 PM
Bullock Funeral Home
1190 Wilson Hall Road
Sumter, SC 29150

Video is available for this event

May 8, 2020

2:00 PM
Ft. Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Rd
Columbia, SC 29229

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