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41590 Fenwick Street
P.O. Box 270
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: (301) 475-8500
Fax: (301) 475-8909
Joseph Norris, Jr.

Joseph Leonard "Fuzzy" Norris, Jr.

Friday, August 10th, 1951 - Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
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Joseph Leonard Norris, Jr, “Fuzzy”,68, of Drayden, MD and Port Orange, FL formerly from Colton’s Point, MD passed away on July 29, 2020 in Drayden, MD. Born on August 10, 1951 in Leonardtown, MD he was the devoted son of the late Ruth Montgomery Sweeney and Joseph Leonard Norris, Sr. Fuzzy was the loving husband of Kathy Jayne Norris whom he married on December 23, 1977 in Leonardtown, MD. He is survived by his son Bernie Norris (Shannon) of Colton’s Point, MD, and 3 grandchildren. As well as siblings Jane Morgan (Donald) of Coltons Point, MD, Lana Cameron of Hollywood, MD, Heidi Norris (Partner Tony Farrell) of Colton’s Point, MD, Hattie Norris (George Bussler) of Colton’s Point, MD. He was preceded in death by his son Bobby Norris. He was a lifelong St. Mary’s County MD resident and attended Chopticon High School. Fuzzy was a Marine Mechanic and waterman at Dennis Point Marina and Campground for over 40 plus years.
Fuzzy’s main love was being on or around the water; whether it was with the family at Lake Anna, VA, oystering on the Potomac, hauling and repairing boats and jet skis at Dennis Point Marina, and Campground, or driving his race boats. For over 25 years Fuzzy tonged for oysters in the Potomac River and its tributaries. He participated in workboat races with his restored “Kathy J” at Swann’s Pier in Piney Point. As a member of the St. Mary’s County Watermen’s Association he shared his knowledge of oyster tonging at the Blessing of the Fleet at Colton’s Point. In 2011, Fuzzy was named St. Mary’s County Waterman of the year during the Blessing of the Fleet.

Fuzzy was an active member of the Southern Maryland Boat Club. He spent many hours restoring vintage race boats namely his 1956 Whirlwind and his 1976 Allison “One More Time”. He participated in many vintage boat regattas in Leonardtown, both Wheeling and New Martinsville, West Virginia, Springfield, Ohio, and Tavares, Florida.

Fuzzy was also a race car fan. As a teenager Fuzzy competed at Maryland International Raceway with his 69 red Ford Fairlane, winning a trophy for 1st. place. He attended local races at Budd’s Creek Raceway and when in Florida he could be found at the Volusia Speedway. And for 21 years he attended the Daytona 500.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 3, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD, where a private Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Joe Lloyd officiating. Interment will be private. Serving as pallbearers will be Tom Bailey, Sam Bailey, Pat Cooley, and Pete Shreve. Honorary Pallbearers will be Stevie Lawrence and Greg Carder.

Contributions may be made to the Seventh Dist. Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609 and Southern Maryland Boat Club P.O. Box 203 Leonardtown, MD 20650.
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    Monday, August 3rd, 2020 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, August 3rd, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm
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Kathy Watson

Posted at 06:57pm
Condolences to the Norris family from Jimmy Watson (Watson family), St. George's Island. Fuzzy will be missed greatly. Jimmy has great memories of working together with Fuzzy shaft tonging up the Potomac, Patuxent, and Wicomico rivers, and the St. Mary's River. Jimmy wants to recognize Fuzzy as a very great man, hard working, and a very kind man. He will be missed greatly.
We pray for the family during this loss. Jimmy Watson and family

Mary & Duck Hill

Posted at 02:06pm
Kathy, we are so heartbroken to learn of Fuzzy's death. We have so many fond memories of you and Fuz from your courtship and marriage through a brief visit in Florida. We remember "The Phone Booth," going out on his work boat, though not working at the time, a camping visit to Lake Anna and the ski boat, and even stripping tobacco with you a time or two. Mostly, our friendship is a collection of happy memories because we moved from St. Mary's over 40 years ago. But because you, Kathy, were my best friend during those early teaching years, those memories have remained a significant part of our lives.
Our hearts want so badly to come and be with you during this difficult time but due to the uncertainties of Covid, living out of state, and being in the at-risk age group (as weird as that seems to our youthful natures), we know the prudent decision is to remain here. Know that we love you dearly. You, Bernie, and the family are in our prayers. Virtual hugs. Mary & "Duck"

Cathy Montgomery Stewart

Posted at 09:44am
Sending sincere condolences to the Norris Family. A great loss of a kind hearted soul. You will be missed Fuzzy, always a pleasure seeing you at Dennis Point when camping there. Rest in Peace Fuzzy. Cousin Cathy Montgomery Stewart

Candy, Teresa, Casey & Danielle, Lily & Ella

Posted at 07:49am
Kathy, we are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Fuzzy so much. We are thinking about you down here in Florida.
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Paolo Sheaffer

Posted at 10:37pm
Fuzzy was the glue that held Dennis Point together. I will miss talking vintage race boats with him. Our prayers go out to Kathy and the family. Fair winds, old son! You are missed.

Paolo Sheaffer & Charlotte Christman

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