Deputy Norris was a young newlywed and is survived by his lovely bride Logan and loving parents. Michael's dad Bennett is the former fire chief for the county.
The following is from macon.com:
As a child, Michael Norris knew he wanted to be a Monroe County deputy.
A little more than two years ago, his father took Norris, then a young man in his early 20s, to talk with veteran Monroe deputy Capt. Jeff Thompson.
Thompson talked with Norris, asking questions to be sure it was the life he really wanted.
“He just looked me straight in the eye and just told me that he’d wanted to be a deputy. He grew up in this community and he wanted to give back. ... He felt like he could do that best as a deputy,” Thompson said. “I could look in his eyes and tell that it was coming from the heart. It was what he wanted to do.”
Norris knew the job carried risks.
Although his career was brief, Thompson described Norris as the future of the sheriff’s office.
“He was the best we had,” Thompson said.
Selman-Willis said Norris was “a dedicated employee who was always willing to do whatever it took to get the job done.”
“He was one of the most respectful, sincere and helpful individuals I have ever met in uniform or out of uniform,” she said.
Norris was raised in Culloden, the youngest of two sons raised by the city’s fire chief, Bennett Norris, and his wife, Fran, who works as a Macon legal secretary.
After graduating from Mary Persons High in 2008, Norris studied criminal justice at Gordon State College and graduated with an associate degree.
Soon after his talk with Thompson, he started work at the county jail.
When testing for his shot at other positions, he “scored off the charts” and “was always number one,” Thompson said.
With no position open as a patrol deputy -- Norris’ passion -- he served as a school resource officer at Katherine B. Sutton Elementary in Forsyth during the 2013-2014 school year.
He was transferred to patrol this summer, not long after marrying his wife, Logan, in April.
Those who knew Norris describe him as being able to crack jokes and smiling often, showing his dimples.
A country boy, he liked to hunt and fish.
As a child, he was among the first kids to volunteer to help at community festivals. If a neighbor had a tree down, he’d volunteer to help clear it.
“He was always stepping to the front of the line and asking, ‘What can I do?’ ... And he was that way with us,” Thompson said.
When Norris arrived at the house on Haley Lane, he was the first one through the door.
“He was the first one again to say, I’m here to help,” Thompson said.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. A graveside service will be held immediately after the funeral at the Culloden City Cemetery on Church Street in in Culloden. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Michael's memory to cmoskids.org (see link in previous post) or Culloden Primitive Baptist Church (mailing address) 4990 Hwy. 83 South, Culloden GA 31016. Monetary donations for the family can be given to the Michael Norris Fund at United Bank (formerly Monroe County Bank) locations in Forsyth, Bolingbroke and Barnesville. The bank locations and phone numbers are: 1 East Main St. Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-1000; 10788 Estes Rd. Bolingbroke, GA 31004 478-994-1000; 308 Thomaston St. Barnesville, GA 30204 770-358-7211.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
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Sunday, September 14, 2014