Garland Norris


NORRIS, GARLAND, December 7, 1956 -January 10, 2020. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Charter Funeral Home with officiant, Rev. Melvin Massey; private burial will be at a later date.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Della Jean Norris, grandparents, B. L. and Versie Norris; Harace and Glittis Massey. Survivors: father, Malcolm Norris; siblings, Penny Abernathy (Roger), Ronnie Norris (Dinah), Donnie Norris, Jenny Walters (Billy), Cindy Howton (Leroy), Donna Jarvis (Phillip) and Michael Norris (Nancy).  A host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and extended family who have supported Garland and our family during his entire journey.

Garland loved his family, his friends, fast cars and playing pranks.  He was taken care of by some of the best health care workers in the industry, the reason for his long life following his accident at 17 years of age. We cannot thank these people enough for following their calling. We would also like to specifically thank Shelby Baptist for their compassionate and respectful care of Garland and our entire family this last week.

In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be made to Central Alabama Wellness in Calera, AL.


  1. Jamie Amerson on January 13, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    The Garland that I knew was very nice and loved playing jokes. I didn’t know him very long, but I will miss him. God Bless him and his family. He is finally with his mother who he spoke about every day.

  2. D Howard on January 13, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    I remember Garland from school, he was always a very nice person.

  3. Tom Brantley on January 14, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    I now live in Florida, but have some pretty fond remembrances of Garland from my youth. He was always such a kindred spirit. I’m sorry to learn of his passing. Our respects goes out to his family.

  4. Sue on January 16, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I worked with Garland for years in Calera. Garland was a very special and caring person. He would sing oldies all the time and talk about old times. He would always compliment you or thank you for helping him. Garland you will be missed greatly. Heaven just got a very special and sweet man. Love you Garland

  5. Sue on January 16, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I worked with Garland for years, he is one of the most caring and thoughtful person, he would always compliment you even on your worst days. He would sing oldies and talk about old times and fast cars. You will be dearly missed my friend.